Is the phrase "time heals all wounds" within the Bible?

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Most of us have tried at some point to encourage a grieving friend or family member with the phrase, "Time heals all wounds." freed from her pain and restores her well-being.

In the end, as time heals some physical wounds, people who rely on time to heal their emotional or spiritual wounds discover that time has no permanent healing power. In fact, time for healing emotional and spiritual wounds is so irrelevant that the phrase “time heals all wounds” is not in the Bible, as some would believe.

Ultimately, the well-intentioned phrase "time heals all wounds" does more harm than good because it leads the tormented person to passively wait in vain for the time to eliminate his suffering.

Instead, the disturbed person should be encouraged to make the best use of their time by actively seeking true healing. The Bible confirms that Jesus Christ offers believers this true healing in the form of salvation, forgiveness, and peace.

Our father wants us to rely on God and His Word and not the time to heal our wounds. Below are three ways to seek healing through our Savior.

1. Look for Christ for the way to salvation

Many people carry emotional and spiritual burdens that cause them great suffering and have a negative impact on their way of life. For some, the burden of shame pushes them from the straight and narrow path. For others, the burden of anger makes them blind to seeing good in everyone around them. For others, the burden of regret prevents them from enjoying their days.

Scripture teaches that God cares for our emotional and spiritual wounds. The psalmist proclaimed that God heals broken hearts and bandages their wounds (Psalm 147: 3). In fact, our father cares so much for us that he sacrificed his only son so that Jesus, no matter how hard, takes our burdens and gives us eternal rest in his place (John 3:16; Matthew 11:28). 30). We can achieve this eternal rest by turning away from sin, trusting that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and living a life that reflects the teachings of Jesus (Mark 1:15; Luke 3: 8).

If you transform your heart in this way and align your actions to the message of the gospel, Jesus promises that he is the way that leads you out of shame, he is the truth that removes the scales from your eyes and is his life This was released to heal your wounds and grant you eternal salvation (John 14: 6; 1 Peter 2:24).

2. Forgive your offenders so that God forgives you

If we suffer the betrayal of someone we trust, it hurts us emotionally and can even break our faith. It can be easily justifiable to live with an irreconcilable attitude towards someone who has hurt us, especially if the perpetrator was a close friend or family member.

However, living with a spirit of unforgiveness often deepens our pain and causes physical problems such as cardiovascular disease and stomach ulcers as well as emotional problems such as hostility, fear and stress.

More importantly, the choice of an irreconcilable attitude disregards Jesus' sharp warning that our Heavenly Father will forgive us our sins against him if we forgive their sins against us and if we refuse to forgive their sins for others , the father will also not forgive us our sins (Matthew 6: 14-15).

Instead of punishing your offender (and yourself) with a grudge against him or her, use your time to develop a feeling of forgiveness for the person who wronged you. Forgiveness can be something you want to tell the malefactor, or an attitude you take when you refuse to build resentment in your heart and instead focus on overcoming the pain of betrayal.

It does not mean that it is easy to adopt an attitude of forgiveness, but it is our biblical duty to strive for it. Scripture teaches that a good time to forgive others is during prayer when our thoughts and hearts are united with God (Mark 11:25).

It is worth noting that forgiveness is something you do to deviate from a painful crime. Forgiveness does not require you to connect with the person you forgive if that person continues to engage in the wrong behavior.

3. Do your part to live in peace with others

Peace is something everyone wants. Whether the peace we are looking for is social, political or personal, living in peace fills us with a feeling of well-being and security. For those living with emotional or spiritual wounds, they can find the peace they crave by looking at Jesus' teachings about peace.

As prince of peace (Isaiah 9: 6), Jesus left us with the gift of peace and advised that only he, not the world, can give us a full sense of peace (John 14:27). By studying the scriptures and working to accept the peace that Jesus has already given to his believers, you can try to free yourself from the difficulties and fears that are causing you emotional and spiritual difficulties (John 14:27).

When we accept peace, the Bible teaches that peace is as much what we feel as what we do. We must “seek and strive for peace” by doing our part to promote goodwill with others (1 Peter 3:11).

This may look like extending an olive branch to someone we currently disagree with, or to someone we know is being mistreated. We can also promote future peace by teaching our children how to settle disputes through considerate compromise, not angry arguments.

In particular, Scripture recognizes the limitations that you can face in promoting goodwill in difficult people. In particular, the Bible assures you that you are only responsible for promoting peace "as far as it depends on you" (Romans 12:18).

What does that mean?

The phrase "time heals all wounds" seems to offer concise wisdom and is believed to be so in the Bible, although it is not. In reality, the Bible does not encourage us to look at the time to save us from our suffering, but to look at Jesus Christ who suffered, died and rose again so that we can have eternal salvation.

Therefore, the best way to respond to the moments of pain and suffering in your life is not to passively wait for the time to heal your wounds, but to actively follow the Savior's teachings, through whose wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24). .

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Dolores Smyth writes about the passions of her life – faith and family. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. You can read more of her work on Twitter @LolaWordSmyth.

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