If you grew up in a dsyfunctional or an abusive family then you probably have some wounds. If you're a military member or a veteran who has been deployed, shipped out, walked the rice paddies, flown Route Pack Six, stumbled out of a bombed out US Embassy, jumped into Panama, flown across the Med into Libya (either time), rumbled across the desert, driven a supply route, sat on a hillside observation post, took rounds inside the perimeter, dropped iron on the enemy when friendlies were danger close and fragged someone, stormed the beaches, silently cruised the depths of the oceans and your wife filed for divorce while you were gone ... or watched your buddy take a round while walking a patrol or drove over an IED or you drove over an IED and survived--or you were sexually abused or raped ... then you probably have some wounds.
- Wounds come in different ways. A number of these wounds are physical--lost eyesight, lost hearing, disfigured face, lost limbs, lost body parts, lost memory ... you get it. Wounds are the product of being in the profession of arms, and by the way, we volunteered for it.
- Regardless of the time or location--peacetime, in garrison or deployed, training exercises, armed conflict or war, the wounds of agression and/or being violated by rape, sexual or mental abuse cut deep.
- Death of: a parent, friend, family member, battle buddy, wingman, Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Marine, child, spouse ... or a marriage can leave a wound ... sometimes a slight pang of pain ... or sometimes a gaping hole, like a sucking chest wound in our spirit.
The Bible talks about hurt, pain and grieving; in fact the King James translation has 124 references to the word "mourn." In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said "blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted" (Matthew 5:4). The Psalms are full of references to hurt or hurting. The Amplified Bible says in Psalm 40:14--"Let them be put to shame and confounded together who seek and require my life to destroy it; let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor who wish me evil and delight in my hurt!"
Jesus, God's Son, knew pain, He experienced excruciating pain and torture--He took a beating with a whip that ripped His flesh open, He took a beating with a rod that bruised His body, He took verbal abuse and was spat on, He took a crown of thorns shoved down into His head, He took huge nails driven into His hands & feet on a Cross, and lastly He took a Centurian's spear into His side while hanging from that Cross. I recommend reading Matthew's account in chapters 26 and 27 of the Bible.
My brothers and sisters, Jesus knows pain--He knows your pain and He knows your wounds. Jesus took all that for your sins and my sins. He died for your sins and my sins that we might live. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." The "whosoever" part is you and me; God is no respecter of persons--He sent His son Jesus take the Cross for everyone. Now you need you need His Healing!!