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I’ve Been Cut, But I Didn’t Bleed

One day, I decided to go purchase some dungeness crabs to prepare at home. When I was eating the crabs, I felt as if I cut myself. However, when I glanced at my finger, I saw no blood. I then assumed, I had not actually been cut. When I went to wash my hands, I pressed against my thumb and realized I had been cut, but didn’t bleed.

I became curious…how can someone be cut and not bleed? I found that cuts that don’t bleed, do so because no blood vessel ruptured. God began to minister unto me about the many cuts I have had in my life that did not bleed. When we are hurt in life, we think we are not wounded because we do not necessarily respond the way we are expected to respond.

Cuts are considered to be a form of wound. People say time heals all wounds, but Rick Warren says it best, “Wounds that are left untended fester and spread infection throughout your entire body. Time only extends the pain if the problem isn’t dealt with.”

Cuts that don’t bleed in a spiritual sense are representation of those things in our lives that we cover up instead of allow God to heal us from. To avoid the pain, we find ourselves in a web of denial.
Cuts that don’t bleed in our lives display themselves in number of forms. It could be that little girl or boy who was molested as a child. They continued to walk through life like everything was okay. Years later, they find themselves being very promiscuous, because they covered up the very thing they needed to heal from. It may even be that adult that’s bitter and oftentimes seek to tear others down, when you look in their past, you see they were emotionally abused and were never delivered from the pain.

It may be the person who lost a loved one and everyone is talking about how strong they have been. Deep down inside, they are ready to explode from trying so hard to hold back the tears. It may be the person who was in a relationship and you knew they were “the one.” You soon found out they were a counterfeit and now you’ve shut yourself off from all relationships. One thing I love about this Christian journey is that there is no problem God can not solve. If we were never hurt, we would never know God could heal us.

What do we do when we have been cut, but didn’t bleed? Psalm 147:1-6 says “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.”

This psalmist first says to praise God. We praise him because he is good. Psalm 34:1 says “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” This means that we are to never stop praising God even in the midst of our hurts and disappointments. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul tells us “For my strength is made perfect in weakness. I will glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” We should praise God in the midst of our wounding so that God’s power will rest upon us. In his power resting upon us, it will restore our joy, peace, and cause us do the next step.

Praise will prepare your heart to forgive. We cannot heal until we forgive. Matthew 6:14-15 says “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” We must forgive. We do not have an option if we want to effectively move forward in life-if we want to please God. It is unacceptable for us to expect God to forgive our sins when we will not forgive others. The harm cause God far outweighs what others have done towards us.

We must also allow God to heal. The psalmist says that God heals the broken heart and binds up their wounds. Bind means to secure which assures us that the wounds will no longer be able to spread. If the passage says that he knows the stars by name, do you honestly think God does not know your name or your pain? He knows and understands better than we do. TD Jakes once said “when I look over my life, I realize, it was good that I was afflicted.” Someone afflicted is someone who has had physical or mental suffering. Even though it does not feel good, our affliction always works out for our good and for God’s glory.

After we praise God, forgive, and heal, we must expect God to restore. Joel 2:25 says “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar (baby locust), and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” The locust is a form of grasshopper. The type of locust referred to in this verse invaded agricultural areas in great numbers. They covered the surface of the land so that no one would be able to see it. The cankerworm is known to plague the crops. Overall, they are all viewed as having a destructive nature.

This is a symbol in Joel’s prophecy of being overwhelmed by a large and powerful army. When there is a strong and powerful army, they come in numbers so great that you can’t see the land. Just like these locusts and a powerful army would, so does wounds. They begin to spread so greatly in us through time that it takes over our spirits like a disease.

We are hindered spiritually because we have been infected by cuts that didn’t bleed. Our lives become centered around the wound within us to where we begin to feel hopeless and it wears on us in every form-mentally, physically, and spiritually. In spite of what may have occurred in our lives, God will restore everything we have lost and beyond. You will then have more joy and peace. You will be stronger than you were before.

We like to use the band aid treatment. We give our issues a quick fix. Every physical wound doesn’t need a bandage. Some need to be left uncovered in order to heal. The more you feel the pain, the more you will cry out to God and be made new. Are there some things in your life that you have ignored because it’s easier to avoid the pain? If so, I encourage you to allow God to take you through the process of your healing and restoration. It is God’s desire for you to be made whole again.

Source by Jamietra Hennington

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