But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Humiliation, betrayal, rejection, devastation – we’ve all been there. Emotional pain leaves emotional scars on our hearts. People hurt us with their words and actions, sometimes intentionally; we know we don’t deserve it, and it causes us pain. Some people will unknowingly project their own feelings of inadequacy onto others, thinking that it will help themselves feel better.
You may think, why are they doing this to me?
Their words can feel like “darts” being thrown at you, and they stick. You pull them out one by one, but each one leaves a scar, and each scar reminds you of the pain.
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12). Time doesn’t heal emotional wounds, but Jesus can. Emotional healing comes when we forgive those who have hurt us in the past; those who “owe” us an apology. If God can forgive this person, then I should too; not that they deserve it, but that I need to be set free.
“If God can forgive this person, then I should too; not that they deserve it, but that I need to be set free.”
Pray about each specific hurt. This will take some time. Eventually the pain will go away, and you will feel at peace. For more complex issues, you may need to seek out counseling. Psalm 147:3 says: He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Before and during His crucifixion, Jesus suffered physically and emotionally. He was humiliated, betrayed, and rejected. The Roman soldiers took His clothes, spat on Him, and laughed at Him. They put a crown of thorns on His head. He was also beaten with a whip called a “cat-of-nine-tails.” This whip had leather straps with pieces of sharp, jagged bones. When they whipped Him, it left lines across His back, and also tore His skin as the sharp objects dug in. This is what the “stripes” mean in Isaiah 53:5.
He didn’t deserve any of it, but willingly suffered for all of us. He even said while on the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).
His death on the cross provided redemption for sin, and healing for our hearts. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (I Peter 2:24).
William R. Newell (1895)
Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
- God Can Transform Your Life (II Corinthians 5:17)
- A Spirit Of Fear ( II Timothy 1:7)