“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.” 2 Cor. 1:3-5
I know all about a hurting heart. My heart has hurt on and off for as long as I can remember. If it’s not been one thing, it’s been another. Some hurts have come and gone quickly. Others stayed for some time. Some remain. Some have been mild. Some so enormous I felt like I would never come up from under them. Like I would be swallowed up in heart ache. Some I forget about. Or remember ever so briefly. Others, how could I forget? Some heart ache is with me every single day. And may well be with me for the rest of my days on earth. People with a physical heart condition go to the doctor for help, for advice, for counsel, for wisdom, for medicine, for heart procedures, for surgeries, for new diets, for lectures on lowering stress, for whatever it takes to address their heart condition. What about those of us with hurting hearts? With hearts that have been bruised and battered, wounded, bashed, broken, etc. emotionally?
Oh, there are so many places we can go! We can retreat into ourselves and isolate from people and wall off our hearts to prevent further hurt and wallow in our sorrows and aches. We can run to places of seeming comfort which are in fact dangerous temptations like drunkenness, drugs, prescription pill addictions, adultery, pornography, masturbation, sex outside marriage, prostitution, shoplifting, violence, anorexia, obesity, bulimia, abusing others, compulsive excessive shopping, gambling, etc. We then find ourselves with still hurting hearts now laden down with the horrific consequences of sin. Or we can run off to counselors and support groups and various forms of professional help which can certainly be helpful when Christ-centered. Or we can reach out to loved ones, to friends, to family, to co-workers and classmates, to prison cell mates and fellow homeless buddies on the street and receive loving godly support if these people are in fact living for Christ and can encourage us to do the same as they help comfort us who bear to them our hurting hearts. And we can go to pastors, to prayer teams, to Bible study groups, to dedicated Christ followers who are called to minister to others and can minister to us in Christ’s love. When our hearts hurt, there are so many options. Bad, dangerous ones. And good, helpful ones.
But there is nothing, and nobody, that can provide the heights and depths and breadth of love, mercy, compassion, kindness, tenderness, peace, hope, rest, joy, understanding, sensitivity, grace, and comfort as THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY who is called “the God of all comfort” who not only comforts us, but who in comforting us enables us to go comfort others. We can come to the Lord Jesus Christ with our hurting hearts, offering them to Him, pouring out our hurts to Him, crying out to Him for help and comfort, for support and wisdom, for Him to hold us in His everlasting glorious arms, for Him to rock us as children as we weep to Him, as we share and cast upon Him the pain, the anger, the bitterness, the absolutely anything we need to let go, to release, to surrender, that God in Christ might comfort and heal us, to carry us, to embrace us as He mercifully helps us and comforts us.
There are so many places we can go with our hurting hearts, and we should go to any and all of those good places the Spirit of God sends us to whether it is a pastor, a Christ-centered counselor, a loved one, whomever it may be, as God leads us, but the most important place we go, we must step away from everything and everyone else for a piece of time, for a time of communing with Christ, of being alone with Him, like a wounded child running to his or her parent, setting his or her wounds before the parent, knowing full well, trusting, the parent will take care of the wounds, so should we go to our Great Comforter with our hearts that hurt, that the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, of all who call upon His name, Jesus, Jesus, the Great Healer, shall take us under His magnificent wings and comfort us like nobody else can. In His wonderful forever blessed precious and most holy true name.
Jesus. Jesus, oh heal our hurting hearts, Jesus! I call upon your name, Jesus, for all those who are hurting. Heal, Lord Jesus, bring your healing. Oh, heal, blessed God in Christ, Amen!