Healing the Hurt
Distress and sadness crumpled her beautiful face.
As I made my way over and stood face to face with Dee, all I had to say was, “What’s wrong?” and the words spilled out, recounting what had taken place moments earlier.
The tears were brimming but not yet fallen, because like most of us, she was holding them in until we could escape to a quieter place. Finally we had a few moments alone and she told me that a friend had deeply wounded her with both words and actions, all in the span of about two minutes.
It made me wonder why friendship hurts so much? And, why we feel the need to hurt those we profess to care about.
It seems that no matter how many times we experience the ups and downs with people we care about, we are somehow still shocked and taken aback when the harsh words and flippant disregard are cast upon us.
The Bible reminds us how important it is for us to treat others with respect, love them unconditionally, and shower them with kind words. Doing so, conveys our Jesus girl heart through and through.
God’s Word is very clear about how to treat friends. John 15:12-15 says,
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
Make the Most of Your Experiences
Because I have lived through similar situations, I could only hope that my experiences would help soothe Dee’s feelings and encourage her to pray through a tough situation that may only be temporary. Human emotions are like roller coasters and what hurts today can be forgiven tomorrow. We never know what someone is going through, and we should never judge.
Could I fix this situation between friends? No, I could not. Was it my place to intervene and take on the offender? It was not. But I could offer spiritual comfort, wisdom, and godly advice.
Would I like to see this rift between friends healed? Absolutely, but I’m not the Great Physician or Healer. God is. And, He can heal relationships, move mountains, and make the impossible totally possible.
Do What Jesus Girls Do Best
For now we must do what Jesus girls do. We must pray. We must forgive. And we must love. Unconditionally. It’s not easy and it may take awhile, but God asks us to love one another with our whole heart.
- How can you help those around you handle hurt feelings and disappointment?
- How have your own experiences helped you to grow in your faith and trust Jesus even more?
I’m praying for you sweet friends. Blessings!