Do You Have Any Untended Wounds?

Nick MartineauBlog

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I’m guessing at some point you’ve heard the expression “time heals all wounds.” Unfortunately, in my experience, I have seen that this is not always true. I have spoken to many people still carrying wounds and hurts from twenty or thirty years ago. The truth is, time can often make things worse. Wounds left untended can often spread infection throughout the entire body. Time can actually extend the pain if a wound goes untreated. 

Do you have any untended wounds?

Scripture clearly states that all people have sinned. As much as I don’t like to admit it, it seems to be my nature to sin, and I believe it is yours, too. It doesn’t take much looking around our world to see that sin is everywhere wreaking havoc. Because of sin, we’ve hurt ourselves, we’ve hurt other people, and others have hurt us. We wound, as well as are wounded. 

Acknowledging the truth of sin and the resultant wounding in our world helps us to acknowledge that we are not alone. Every one of us has sinned, and every one of us has received wounds from others’ sin. This means each of us needs recovery in order to live our lives the way God has intended. 

When people hear the word recovery, they often tune out, thinking recovery isn’t something they need. One of the misconceptions about the notion of recovery is that it is only for those struggling with drugs or alcohol. While drug and alcohol abuse clearly leaves wounds that need tending, so do many other hurts, habits, and hangups that most of us slap a band-aid on, hoping for the best. 

Jesus tells us, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10.) The full life that Jesus is talking about is something I desire for each and every one of us to experience. 

To receive the full life, I believe we need to turn to Jesus and place our trust in Him. In doing so, He will help us dress some of those untended wounds. Are you willing to admit your sin, admit you need recovery, and seek some healing?

If so, I’d love to encourage you to join us this coming Sunday, Jan. 2, as we share about our recovery ministries at Hope. Pastor Eric (our new Pastor of Recovery Ministries) will be sharing some of his story as well as his vision for the recovery ministries at Hope. Please join us in praying for this service, and please consider inviting a friend. 

Peace,
Nick