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In scripture, the word heart refers to the
hidden or inner personB that
is, our inner life that others don=
t know because it= s hidden
from them, but that we experience and that God sees. In The Bible, the
words "soul" and "spirit" are also often used to point to this inner
life of the heart.
The human heart can be broken. Sin,
injustice, abuse, abandonment, neglect, broken relationships, trauma,
betrayal, disappointed expectation--all these and many other events can
bruise your soul and crush your spirit. So what do you do for a broken
Isaiah 61:1 foretold that the Messiah would be sent by
God and anointed by the Holy Spirit to "bind up the brokenhearted."
Jesus announced in Luke 4:18 that He was sent "to heal the brokenhearted
... and to set at liberty them that are bruised," signifying those who
are "broken down by emotional calamities."
Psalm 34:18 says "the Lord is near to the
brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed (or contrite) in spirit".
He promises in Isaiah 42:3 that "a bruised reed He will not break, and a
dimly burning wick He will not extinguish". Psalm 147:3 says instead
that "He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds."
As Word Based Counselors, we believe these promises.
Therefore, when we are ministering to someone who=
s heart has been hurt, broken, or bruised, we look to Jesus to bring
forth healing by the Spirit of God. We pray with and for the client, to
help them release the wounds and receive supernatural healing and
wholeness in their hearts.