When I was little, I quickly learned what to do when I cut myself. Mom would say, “Apply direct pressure.” And even as a five year old, amateur cook, when I sliced my hand open cutting apples for a snack, with two fingers, I would press on the open wound. Within seconds, the bleeding would stop.
A careless cut can wound us, yet sarcastic comments can cause misunderstandings and separate the closest friends. A broken heart is one of life’s most painful experiences. Even feelings of being overlooked or ignored in a classroom or work situation can provoke a similar state of mind. Those who have had our hearts broken by disappointment or loss know the anguish and helplessness of how it feels to nearly “bleed to death” emotionally. Jesus Christ is the one who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, applies the direct pressure of His presence and stops the life-draining blood loss. This is the only relief to heal a crushing hurt and relieve devastating disappointments.
Jesus came to heal broken hearts.
Isaiah 61:1 says “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted.” The original word for bind up is “chavash,” meaning “to bind on, wrap around, to bind up as a wound, bandage or cover. Strong’s dictionary adds a visual definition: “to compress, to stop.”
When our hearts are broken, we feel vulnerable and helpless emotionally. We must trust God to put the pieces of our hearts together, to close up the wounds and bind them with the bandage of grace. Will you exchange your bondage of unforgiveness for His bandage of grace? I hope so.
“Heavenly Father, we ask for your healing for our wounds. We plead the blood of Jesus over each and every hurt inflicted on us. Thank you for the healing you offer through the presence of your love and grace. Thank you for binding up our broken hearts and healing our wounds. Let our scars become a testimony of your power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen”