Heal the Broken Heart

James Tissot (Nantes, France, 1836–1902, Chenecey–Buillon, France). Jesus Heals the Blind and Lame on the Mountain (Sur la montagne Jésus guérit les aveugles et les boiteux), 1886–1896. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 6 3/4 x 9 3/16 in. (17.1 x 23.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.88 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.88_PS2.jpg) https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/4482

Christ died for more than just a ticket to Heaven. The Book of Isaiah says, “Surely he has borne our sickness and carried our suffering… The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed” Isaiah 53:4-5 WEB. Moreover, the healing we are offered is not just for the big things but even the little hurts we may think are too small to bother God with. Jesus tells us in Luke, “But the very hairs of your head are all counted. Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows” Luke 12:7 WEB. God cares about every little aspect of us and our lives. So, when we have pains in our hearts – no matter the size – we can and should address them with Jesus, our healer. Here at Cross Kingdom, we prioritize healing the broken heart and have an inner-healing ministry for everyone in every part of their journey to reflect and bring our hurts, walls, and obscurations of our identity to Christ and let him bring us into being a truer reflection of him and our identity according to him, not the world. When not working with a brother or sister in Christ in growing on our journey in vulnerability or one of our community’s trained inner-healing ministers, we can and should still personally reflect and bring to light all our hindrances to God and ask him to bring what is unknown to us like David in his psalm: “Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” Psalms 139:23-24 WEB. However, we should still walk with others and not use personal reflection as a way out of being vulnerable with our brethren. As James tells us in his letter, “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective” James 5:16-17 WEB. It is not confess by myself that I may be healed (though we ought to and can), but there is a special grace when we do so with another that we are offered and do not receive by ourselves in the same manner.