O'FALLON, IL (BP) – We are all wounded to some extent. We are wounded by living in this sinful and fallen world. We are wounded by the sins of others. We even carry wounds as a result of our own sins. All of us know pain and all of us need healing. Your pastor, your parents, your spouse, your neighbors -- all of us. The question is not really who wounded you or how many scars you carry or how deep the cut is. The really important question is: What do you do with those wounds?
Do you ignore them? Try to drink them into oblivion? Use them as rationalization to lash out at others? We can bring our wounds to Jesus. He can forgive and He can heal. He knows and He cares and He binds our brokenness. By His mercy we can find new life and new meaning. We can be forgiven and we can forgive -- really forgive. And through that forgiveness we can find a balm for our sin-scarred souls.
Jesus said, "Those who are well don't need a doctor, but the sick do need one. I didn't come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17). Some pretend they don't need any help. The truth is we are all sinners who need a doctor. The Doctor. The one who died in our place to take our sin upon Himself. The One who loves, forgives and heals. Come to Jesus as you are. Broken and wounded and needy. Bring your past and your pain. Bring your sorrows and hurts. Bring your anger and disappointment and questions. Surrender your life to Jesus as your Lord and Savior for salvation and abundant life in His loving arms. The Great Physician heals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Doug Munton, online at dougmunton.com, is first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention and senior pastor of First Baptist Church in O'Fallon, Ill. His latest book is titled "30 Days to Acts."