February 29, 2020
THE WOUNDED SPIRIT
Proverbs 18:14 (KJV) says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” We have a built-in determination (the spirit) to fight off disease or illness, or to adapt to a disability. It is in our nature (our spirit) to deal with these matters, and to overcome them or adapt to them. But, what if that spirit has been wounded? What affect does it have? How does it happen?
What exactly is a "wounded” spirit? The Hebrew word here is “naké“ which literally means “smitten.” It also figuratively means: afflicted, stricken, broken, or wounded. A broken spirit means ones’ will has been broken to the point of submission. A horse never ridden must be ridden to “break its’ spirit” to submit to the will of the rider instead of its own will. A baby elephant is trained by having one front leg chained to a large deep stake in the ground. This restricts its’ choice of movement when being trained to obey a man. Once he is older, the chain to the large stake is removed and only a small rope is secured. He has already had his will to independently, permanently be altered as though the chain was still there. He will not try to escape.
Likewise, our spirit can be smitten, afflicted, broken, or wounded. This usually comes through words spoken to us, or about us to others in our presence. Words penetrate us and do far more harm than anything physical.
Children are especially vulnerable. Telling a child “you are no good,” or “you’ll never amount to anything,” or “you are stupid,” inflict deep harm that may go with them for a lifetime. Whether this occurs in childhood or adulthood, the words do wound, and permanent scars to the soul occur. A broken or smitten spirit also inflicts scars to one’s soul (mind, will, emotional seat.)
Counseling only offers a band-aid. True healing comes through Jesus Christ. He alone is the true peace giver. (John 14:27) Ezekiel 36:26 says, “a new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” Psalm 147:3 (NKJV) says “He heals the broken hearted (broken spirit) and bind up their (emotional, soul) wounds. Only through Jesus can we truly find renewal for a wounded spirit.
One may say that “time heals the wounds” but that is not always true. It still leaves scars. Jesus can remove the scars.