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A Commentary on: 'What is Harder to Heal: A Broken Heart or A Broken Soul?"
David the Sinner in Psalm 51- A Broken Spirit and a Contrite Heart
A Greater Challenge Healing a Wounded Soul vis-a-vis a Broken Heart
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Who says it is harder to heal wounded soul than a broken heart?
Jesus' Saving Grace (Poem by edwinoel, let's KJOH)
Here is a poem dedicated to my lovely wife, my family and those who have been touched by Jesus' saving grace:
Jesus' Saving Grace
"Woe is he who pities his wounded soul,
for in his heart belongs what's lost, a hardened soul;
Blessed is he who knows who and what saves,
While one who fears is more confused as he craves.
In Christ Jesus our Lord, we trust,
Sent by our Great Father in heaven, who's just,
For in his words of truth we see his radiant light,
With his love and mercy surging in glory, comes his awesome power and his binding might."
The Wounded Soul in David, and a Broken Heart in Love
King David in the Old Testament had a hard time dealing with a wounded soul as he earnestly and wholeheartedly acknowledged and repented with a contrite heart, and he has grieved so much in guilt for the grave sin of disobedience, offending our ever loving God and Almighty Father.
And that was when he became King of Israel with all the blessings from the Lord, yet, because of his selfishness and greed while in power, has succumbed to a series of temptations as he fell into secretly impregnating the gorgeous Bathsheba, wife of his faithful and seasoned warrior, Uriah, then later, planned an evil plot that resulted into Uriah's death in battle, to eventually justify his marriage to Bathsheba.
But our ever knowing God exposed all these evil as he sent Nathan, the prophet, to David, and his guilt revealed.
Our above link to Psalm 51 highlights other sins of deception and malice against others in relation to David's disobedience to God, that we may be guided and enlightened to what may be sinful.
A wounded soul, as it refers to one's spirit, is something unseen, but still, may be felt existing beyond the boundaries and limits of our mind with an ever conscious spirit within us, that others fail to see from within their hardened heart.
One who believes in NDE or Near Death Experiences may be able to better relate and openly understand the existence of our own spirit.
[You may want to read more on NDE on this post: "''Jesus Saves,' on Love in Christ, NDE,..."]
The spirit being an entity that may relate to the existence of an unseen body that lives from within us, its presence is deeper than life itself, beyond the body or the material existence of man.
And if one believes in God or an inclination to it, he may refer to it as one that may exist even in the afterlife, into eternity and immortality, whose fate and destiny lies on the Creator of us all, our Almighty God an Father, depending on how we may be judged by Him at the end of time, when His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior comes in glory from heaven, and destroy all evil in this world.
Continuing on this commentary on a question that pulled my interest, "Which is harder to heal? A Broken Heart or a Wounded Spirit?," as posted by Don Bobbitt on hub pages, - a broken heart may refer to a feeling of emptiness in one's heart because of love lost in a relationship, usually between two individuals.
But this may easily be healed or mended, as one Bee Gees song goes, 'How can you mend a broken heart," (you may watch our entertaining YouTube music video below) by finding another love interest, perhaps, be it human, an animal, or anything that can be seen in this world, which may be a shallower kind of love, as it may only be material and physical in depth and may last a given period of time in one's lifetime.
While a wounded soul refers to something spiritual, with a soul that may exist even beyond this life, in other words, a deeper kind of loss with guilt in it, therefore, more difficult to contain.
A broken heart, nevertheless, once it reaches a point of enormous and uncontrollable grief because of guilt or total emptiness felt by one, may turn into a wounded soul, as it gets pushed to a higher level, and sadly, this sometimes lead to death or suicide, and the loss of one's life, as in Shakespeare's love story of "Romeo and Juliet."
It becomes scary indeed when deep emotions bring one into a state of falling, lost in darkness and self pity, with no one to cling on, decides the unexpected and takes his own life.
Oh, may God forgive His erring soul. A broken spirit, one that he may not know, with a hardened heart ever made confused by evil thoughts taking him away from God's guiding light of faith and hope.
Is it not pride and ego that adds to the complexity of this common dilemma in man specially when one is not at all spiritual?
One who may have no humility in his heart to accept and believe in the existence of a powerful, loving and merciful Creator in God may always deny what is true, blinded by his perceived better judgment, mind and intelligence, that evil continues to propagate in man.
It is the same worldly power in this earthly realm that makes one lie to himself by failing to accept his sinfulness and remain bounded by the flesh and things material in this world. His fault he may not see overwhelmed by grief and emotion.
Or, on another angle, his fault he may see but fail to forgive himself pained in self pity.
Denying what is true, real and more meaningful in this life may keep one always lost and confused with much lust and materialism preoccupying one's mind and soul.
More importantly, the lack of love of God and of others can make one arrogant, uncaring, selfish with deceit, malice and non-forgiveness in his mind, that retaliation may come an easier and a more acceptable escape to end all his pain, grief and burden, causing pain to others first before punishing himself to oblivion with an 'gang-ho' 'come what may' stance.
Taking all the pressure on your own shoulders, a heavy load piling up every single day of your life until everything explodes while seeing no remedy in sight may not be wise or smart at all, or would it? Is not emptiness and pain from our own emotions our own doing? Will it be best to handle it with our pride, or better to humble ourselves in the love of God and others before we may get lost in sin and evil?
What may add fire to this hellish feeling and situation can be, the one assigned to handle it is not a spiritual person, or if he may be, he has contradicting beliefs to the preservation of life and the essence of love and forgiveness in this life.
I am not saying a non spiritual man cannot do it but it may become tougher for him to handle.
Even a spiritual person may go nuts trying to help someone with a wounded soul if he has a different spiritual belief that becomes unacceptable to the latter.
As in the bible, reading the book Ecclesiastes reminds us that everything in life is meaningless, but when we start to open our hearts and spirit and try to understand the wisdom of God and strive to become mature in spirit, we learn to “fear God and keep His commandments, which is the duty of man,” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14), whence, shall God “bring indeed every deed into judgment, including every hidden things, whether it is good or evil.”
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said to many who listened along with his disciples, “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The Body of Man as the Temple of God
What more if one does not believe that man is made 'in the image and likeness of God,' that man is sacred, and a living Temple of God?
Saint Paul clarifies God’s temple in us and the power of humility and the essence of feeling 'no malice towards another' as against bickering and hatred brought about by divisiveness, he states in 1 Corinthians 3:16-23:
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
‘Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written:“He catches the wise in their craftiness.”And again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile. ”So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Caphas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.”
It is so sad that some people take their own lives out of self-pity, out of emptiness as in Romeo and Juliet's story. While others end their life because of failure in their purpose, or of an overwhelming guilt in them, still some do it because of insecurity and of false or misguided beliefs, of meaningless, childish or foolish pride that leads to nothingness, or out of political, religious or ideological beliefs that may even cause the lives of many innocent people and children, causing confusion, havoc and disorder along the way.
And in all these, unfortunately, come a wounded and broken spirit with an uncaring heart and soul, lacking in love, forgiveness and respect to life.
Faith and Truth in the Light of Christ
As others may also have found the light of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, our true Messiah and Redeemer, and in him, God has become man, he is one with God our Almighty Father and Creator of the entire Universe, he was, he is and will always be our True Healer.
By putting our full trust and faith in Jesus, we may see ourselves healed as we die from our sins and live in his love and mercy.
On the other hand, living otherwise with malice against others and evil in our hearts and spirit, do we not deny Christ?
And when we refuse to die to our 'self,' chose not to thank and glorify our God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, chose not to forgive others, deny the use of our time, gifts and talents, and our treasures for the love of others, do we not also deny Christ?
Did he not die for all of us for the forgiveness of our sins that we may one day enjoy the promise of eternal life? Or do we prefer to live this life in guilt of our sins and die in our spirit with a wounded soul throughout eternity without the rays of healing and cleansing in the light of Christ?
May we learn from King David's example, as he had sincerely and greatly grieved for forgiveness of his sins in disobedience to God. And out of humility and complete remorse for his sins he prayed continually before God, ready and prepared to accept what ever punishment he may so deserve.
Our great and merciful Father, in His non-enduring love, mercy and forgiveness for a sincerely repentant sinner in David, slain by his sins, granted him an unconditional pardon.
Hence, we have seen God's love and mercy in David, as we have seen sincerity in a renewed heart and spirit in David's life from then.
And having sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, that out of his passion and death on the cross we may be saved from sin, let our wounded soul in sin grieve for mercy and forgiveness, as we repent for all our sins, that we may be forgiven by God, as we may be renewed and may live in Christ, and be ever faithful as we may learn to love one another in Christ to deserve the promise to life eternal.
Our body is temporary, as it passes away when we die, and so is our heart. But the spirit remains as it may live forever when one becomes One with God.
And he who becomes one in Christ, also becomes one with God, as Christ has become One with God from the beginning, even before Abraham was in existence, his coming was already being prepared as later prophesied by many in the Old Testament.
As in John 8:58, "Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.'"
And in John 8:24, “ I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins."
[Refer to this post: "Jesus Christ our True Healer, and Living in the Spirit," and see how we may be healed in the spirit and the truth in spiritual warfare.]
It is in our faith in God, through him, and with good deeds, that we are saved, as in James 2:26 as faith alone is dead, without Christ we 'can do nothing' of eternal significance as in John 15:5, and faith without deeds may not have eternal life in it as reiterated too by Saint Paul in the holy scriptures.
In John 3:15, Jesus said, "Anyone who does not love remains in death.Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”
In Romans 5:1, Saint Paul in Christ states, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
One may be healed out of a wounded soul or a wounded spirit, through the saving power of Christ Jesus, for in him is God's great love, mercy, and forgiveness.
As in John 15:7, Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
In John 15:16-17, Jesus said, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: 'Love each other.'"
And in Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells his disciples, "... seek first His (God’s) kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
In the light and love of Christ, with truth in his words, we may find a wounded spirit believed by many to be hard to handle and hard to heal, rather, is it not faith and prayers, and hope in his love and mercy that can better give us the confidence in finding the best solutions to healing our broken spirit, where healing a broken heart of flesh may come easier? For with God, all things are possible, if only we believe, learn to trust him more and obey his commands 'to love one another' as we may continue to bear with one another and remain in his love.
[Read on our related post: "Redeeming America and the World, and the Elenin Threat?"]
"Believing that the spirit is more powerful than the flesh as it may open up one's mind to the truth in the afterlife, a broken heart may wait. If in Jesus comes a healed soul, a healthier heart in flesh may follow, broken no more."
Let us KJOH or Keep Jesus in our hearts and 'everything will be alright,' be it a broken heart, more so a broken soul, for in Christ comes 'the truth, the way and the life," as in John 14:6.
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