Healing the Soul


We may recall the passage from Isaiah which is the basis for divine healing, which is a very familiar passage:

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.   (Isaiah 53:5-6 KJV)

Jesus carried our sickness on the cross as well as our sin. He restored us back to the Father in every way, if we accept what he has done and acknowledge him as Savior and Lord of all.

But there is another component to his healing that is often overlooked. It has to do with emotional wounds that have been inflicted our souls. Moving two verses back in Isaiah we read:

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.   (Isaiah 53:3-4 KJV)

Jesus understands grief and sorrow. He was despised and rejected by many during his earthly ministry. Many of us have had experiences that may have made us feel despised and rejected. This wounds our souls and may often make us feel shame or worthlessness. The good news is that Jesus has taken those feelings and emotions on the cross as well. He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.

Now it is time for many of us to recognize what he has done and give our emotional feelings to him so that he can heal our souls. The process is to ask him to reveal those deep-down emotions that wound us. As we wait upon him and listen, he will help us overcome these wounds by revealing what they are. We simply acknowledge them and ask him to take them away. We then release them to him. In this way, Jesus can repair our souls and sense of self-worth. We can begin to see ourselves in the way that God sees us. We can experience a new identity in Christ.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!   (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Satan will try to discourage us through our emotions. He will try to make us believe that God has abandoned us by the circumstance in life that we face, as he did with Job. We need to hold on and trust God. Jesus told his disciples:

You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.   (Luke 21:17-19)

Emotional healing is a good foundation for physical healing. It is often the deep emotional wounds that govern our overall health. We must lay our emotians, shame, guilt, grief, at the foot of the cross. There Jesus can take them from us and heal our souls.
When our soul wounds are healed other physical healings usually follow.