Published on 01 June 2011 by in Encouragement


Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James 5:16, NIV).

I took every precaution I could, really! I even wore the gloves, but it was not enough to prevent the hedge trimmer from bouncing back on that last stubborn branch, slicing through the leather.

I squeezed my husband’s hand tightly as the Dr froze my finger in four places for the necessary six stitches. After being healed, a scar now marks the severed nerve endings and I’ve learned to operate my finger somewhat differently.

To receive healing often needs others to come alongside to help. What are your wounds? Are they physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, or even social? Are they still open, but hidden? Where do you show sensitivity? Don’t discount your wounds!

Would you be willing to find someone to tell the worst thing about you to still be loved and accepted? This caring application truly heals! This is Jesus’ kind of love!

Prayer is that safe place to dialogue with the One who fully understands both wounding and healing. So, ask Him who else you could share the reality of your wound, so they can be His healing hands. He did design the body to be a healing agent!

“Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heals (Job 5:17-18, NIV).

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24-25, NIV).

Truthfully, I DID NOT appreciate the pain of my experience at all, nor the numb finger sensation I now live with. However, I DO value the greater truth – my legitimate needs were truly cared for by others, and God designed and allowed my body to function and heal with a mostly usable finger.


  • What is the higher truth you choose to believe in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgment?
  • How do you justify remaining in the place of woundedness?
  • If you have already experienced healing, how do you live differently?
  • Whom have you wounded?
  • How are you a healing agent for others?
  • Would you agree, wounds need healing and sin needs repenting?

Oh dear Lord you gave us your Spirit to lead us into all truth. I pray that you would clearly guide us, as your followers, to the safety of genuine care, one with, and for one another so your love can be applied to legitimate wounds. Help us overcome unbelief. May you receive all the praise that is due your name. I ask in Jesus’ name!

When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt and in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned… But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:8-11, 13, NIV).

©2011 Dr Karen Braun

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