Healing is Simple, But Not Easy

You may have noticed a pattern in this series on abuse recovery:

I always direct people who need healing back to the Healer.

Our Creator, our Redeemer, our Provider, the Great I AM . . . you remember. His name is Jesus.

He is the only one who can heal us.wounded heart

Sometimes it sounds like healing is a simple thing—just take your pain and despair to Him and let Him heal you. Well, that’s essentially what happens. However, it certainly isn’t easy. Not as a rule. Healing is just too complicated to ever make that claim. The more severe the abuse, the more complicated it gets.

So many things influence our healing path.

If we have trust issues (and who doesn’t?), we’ll have problems allowing Jesus access to our feelings and our memories. I’ve dealt with a number of people who are afraid to look at their painful memories because they’ve experienced the pain of remembering without resolution and don’t want to go through that again.

But when we invite Jesus into our memories, He brings His truth and His healing. He won’t leave dark stairwayus stuck in the pain. And He doesn’t make us go through the entire memory, only the part that pertains to the lies we believe. The lies that still cause pain.

Another influence that hinders our healing is in the area of self-contempt. We believe somehow we deserved what happened. Of course, the adult in us understands that nobody deserves that kind of treatment, but the inner child still does. And the inner child influences the emotions.


We can easily be influenced by the comments and attitudes of those around us, especially family members. They may not react well to the changes they see in us. They want the old controllable kid back. They are uncomfortable with us being healed and becoming the people we were meant to be.

So, what are the most important attitudes to cultivate on the healing journey?

  • Trust in God. (In God We Trust?) And trust in a “coach”. This can be a counselor, minister, anyone who can help you trust God and listen to His voice.
  • Acceptance of temporary pain for permanent healing. This process is surgery of the soul. We all know surgery causes temporary pain but is imperative in certain cases.
  • And hope in a future that He has called good.  (God Has Good Plans for You). Jesus lives in the past, present, and future. He knows the path you’ll have to take and is there to guide you.

Jesus has never rejected you. He has never taken His eyes off of you. He saw what happened, though He had to honor the free will of evildoers. He hurt with you then and He still hurts with you.

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Let Him love you. Let Him heal you. Work with Him in the process.

Then go out and help others in the same boat—even before your healing is complete. (2 Corinthians 1:4)

You can do it.

I did.

This is part 21 of a series on abuse recovery

Part 1| Am I Alone in my Pain?

Part 2| Do You Have Hope?

Part 3| Putting Your Hope in God is Safe

Part 4| How Do We Lose Our Hope?

Part 5| Growing up Without Hope

Part 6| Scripture Promises Can Stimulate Hope

Part 7| Hope Can be Found in Journaling

Part 8|Every Journey Begins with This

Part 9| Why Do We Quit Too Soon?

Part 10| Don’t Let These Stop You!

Part 11| Learning Too Much Can Stop Your Progress

Part 12| Is Fear of Change Hindering Your Healing?

Part 13| Are You Afraid You Don’t Deserve Healing?

Part 14| What if God Doesn’t Want Me to Be Healed?

Part 15| What if I Can’t Fight Long Enough for My Healing?

Part 16| Are You Living with Shame from Your Past?

Part 17| Do You Feel Like You Hate Your Own Soul?

Part 18| Shame

Part 19| Getting Rid of Shame

Part 20| God Has Good Plans for You

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