|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”—Psalm 34:17-19|
People with wounded hearts can be found in all walks of life. They are the people we characterize as having “hit bottom” or “made a mistake” or “taken a wrong turn.” Their offense can range from the least to the greatest. Some experience marital separation or divorce; others lose their jobs or take a cut in pay; still others lie or cheat or get caught in an illegal or unholy act. Some are wounded not because of what they did personally, but because their circumstances changed and they got caught in the crossfire. They are hurt because they became entangled with the wrong set of acquaintances.
Do you know any people who have wounded hearts? The wounded are our spouses, our kids, our neighbors, our friends, our ministers, our leaders. They are people at work, in our family, or in our church. Christ has the power to heal a wounded heart and put people back on their feet. And you and I can be the link to that power. There are ways that Christ can use you to restore the wounded. You can be a friend or forgive wounded people to help them back on their feet.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, empower me with grace and strength to be a source of encouragement to the wounded. Amen