Everyone has been wounded at one time or another. In the most serious cases, these experiences affect every aspect of our lives – especially personal relationships. Some may end up suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) requiring years or even a lifetime of treatment. How do you cope with your deepest wounds? Should you take medication? Let’s find out more.
Take meds or not?
Today’s mental health sciences have come a long way in the treatment of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Perhaps the greatest advances have been in the removal of the stigma surrounding these problems. These are true medical issues, and no one should ever feel ashamed about them. Instead it’s important to get help. Physiological counseling and medications sometimes are a necessary part of recovery.
One mistake people might make though is thinking that pills contains some kind of magic power to make them better. If you need medication, take it as a doctor prescribes, but be realistic about the limitations of science. Never forget that the deepest healing comes only from God’s love and mercy. And this is where you should place your deepest trust.
Don’t make them weapons
It’s very common for our wounds to become weapons. We end up lashing out and hurting others and ourselves. Seek to recognize when this happens, and ask God to free you from this type of behavior. When you stop causing new pain due to past wounds, you can then start the healing process.
One common way we hurt ourselves and others is by shutting out the world. This often occurs due to the fear of being hurt again. Nobody wants to feel pain, that’s for sure. But instead of closing in, let your wounds be the doorway where God enters your heart. This can be scary and complicated, so it might help to have a spiritual guide accompany you.
This process doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect yourself, but your heart doesn’t have to be imprisoned either. Instead, God can give you a strong heart that can feel, give, and love again.
From victim to victorious
Those who have been wounded deeply are truly victims. You didn’t ask for suffering intentionally. But we sometimes fall into the trap of labeling ourselves as a victim above everything else. This is exactly how Satan wants you to think – that you are helpless and hopeless. Don’t believe this lie.
Look to Jesus to transform you from victim to victorious. How? By being able to regain your dignity through the healing mercy of God. Your victory rests in being able to say:
“Yes. I was hurt. I was wounded seriously. But that was not the final chapter in my life. God lifted me up again. He healed me, gave me strength, and now I move forward. God gave me meaning because I know for sure he loves me. He showed me this by forgiving me and giving me his Son. Jesus knows how much I suffered, since he suffered too. But Christ rose up again, and I did too.
I am God’s child. Nothing and nobody can ever, ever take that away from me.”
The victory doesn’t stop there. You see, in God’s economy, nothing is wasted. The wounded and broken become transformed into agents of healing and grace. Many times, only a person who has suffered can help others who suffer from the same wounds.
As you are healed, you can be the hands, voice, and heart of Christ that heals others. Your life then becomes a celebration where angels sing praises about how the great love of God gave you your life back again.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
This post is dedicated to my friend Jan and her brother Daniel. God bless you! – Vince
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