How God Heals Us: Emotionally

by Joanna Pierce on November 09, 2017

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised (Luke 4:18, KJV).

Our Emotions

Contrary to popular belief, God cares about our emotions. Consider Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 15). They journeyed for a long time, sought water to quench their thirst, and only found bitter waters. But, God stepped in, healed the waters, and spoke a truth to His people: if they would follow Him and keep His commandments, He would heal them (Exodus 15:26).

Emotions were created by God and are a tool He uses in our lives. When we say we feel, sense, or hear God, it’s all channeled through our emotions. Researchers note there are 6 basic emotions: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. And, Jesus demonstrated every one of these in Scripture. If we were made in His image, we’re going to experience these emotions as well.

We’ve been often taught emotions shouldn’t matter, but this is not the case. The truer statement is that our emotions should not be the place we live from (Jeremiah 17:9). Our human spirit impacts our emotions negatively, and it can keep us from what God wants in our lives.

An Emotional Healing

God seeks those who have a broken heart and contrite spirit (Psalms 34:18), and He desires to heal the brokenhearted (Psalms 147:3). God wants to heal and restore us spiritually and emotionally from our state of sin and condemnation. In reality, being brokenhearted is a spiritual sickness, and God wants to provide a healing from this sickness like He does with any physical ailment in our bodies. We still need to have the same faith to believe God is able to heal our hearts as He is everything else!

Hurt comes from disappointment, which is stemmed from unmet expectations. Our expectations may not be met because they aren’t realistic, healthy, or take us to the place we need to be in God. But, how can we overcome these emotions and feelings of hurt? If Moses was able to throw a branch into the bitter waters to make them sweet (Exodus 15:25), there are things we can do in our lives to transform and heal our broken hearts.

Emotional Healing

Comes from Being Honest and Accepting Personal Responsibility

In the story of the prodigal son, there was a pivotal moment in his life. He realized he had messed up and had hurt himself by his own hand (Luke 15:13–19). We need to have a balanced perspective in our life to help healing enter. We must realize we are always a contributor—on a large or small scale—to the hurt in our lives. We have to come to our senses and realize we’ve sinned, be honest with ourselves, and take responsibility of the part of the hurt we own.

Comes from Fellowship

The early church continued daily in fellowship (Acts 2:42). Fellowship (the Greek word koinónia) means contribution in relief and spiritual fellowship. We must fellowship with one another, but more importantly with our Lord and Savior—He will cleanse us from our sins (I John 1:7)! Emotional healing will never come from being alone. Run to the church and into fellowship; God knew it wasn’t good for mankind to dwell alone (Genesis 2:18). Relationships are fundamental to healing emotions (Ecclesiastes 4:9–12).

Comes from a Submitted Mind

Emotions start in the mind (the heart) and are the seat of our emotions. Scripture tells us the importance of being in control of our thoughts and bringing them in subjection to Christ (II Corinthians 10:3–6). We must destroy the thoughts we know that deepen our hurt, remove thoughts that work contrary to the knowledge of God, and enslave our thoughts to obey Jesus. We must be transformed by the renewing of our mind in the Holy Ghost (Romans 12:2).

Comes from a Prayerful Attitude

Somehow we think venting will ease our hurt. But, Scripture tells us a fool vents his feelings, but a wise man keeps them to himself (Proverbs 29:11). The only avenue we should seek is prayer; we must talk to God when we’re hurting (Philippians 4:6–7). Only when we talk with Jesus will we experience the peace we need in our hearts and situations.

Comes from a Church that Creates a Culture of Comfort

II Corinthians 1:3–4 tells us an important truth: God is our comforter, but in turn, we must comfort others in their times of hurt. If we stay connected with God, the Holy Ghost will flow through us and teach us naturally how to comfort people in times of trouble. If we have the Holy Ghost, we’ll operate in the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23), and this will help to heal the emotional hurt around us.

The Enemy of Emotional Healing

The biggest enemy of emotional healing is anger. Anger can exist in our lives, but it must not be allowed to persist and rule our lives! Anger has the propensity to make us stupid (Proverbs 14:17) as it will rest only in the hearts of fools (Ecclesiasts 7:9). Jesus became angry in Scripture, but He never sinned (Ephesians 4:26)—we must do the same. If we allow anger to reside continually in our lives, we’ll never be emotionally healed.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on November 8, 2017 with Pastor Nave