Casting all your cares upon him for he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

There is no worry in our lives about which Christ is not concerned. All the things that trouble us come into His view, and all we need to do is to lift them up to Him and let Him care for us and care for them.

The number of times in the Bible that the love and comfort of God are emphasized are more than I can count. It is specifically the ministry of the Christ to heal our souls. Some soul-wounds can be healed instantly, others take time, and still others have aspects of both immediate healing and long-term healing. But this is the ministry of Christ. Consider these scriptures:

Isaiah 53:4: “Surely He has born our griefs and carried our sorrows.” The sad things about our lives, the things that continue to disturb us and bring us grief, He carries away.

Psalm 147:3: “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” When our hearts were broken, when we had hoped for one thing and received a different experience, God heals our hearts.

Luke 4:18: Christ said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” This is the mission of Christ – not only to die for the sins of the world, but also to bring His life into each of us that we may be set at liberty. Sadness and hardness binds us, unforgiveness enslaves us, but Christ sets us free.

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” The meekness and lowliness of Christ means that He does not reject the one who comes to Him sincerely, earnestly, honestly. Are you burdened? Who isn’t? Bring the burdens of your soul to Him.

James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Healing is experienced in the church as we also act in the Spirit of Christ toward one another, with the same gentleness, humility, and compassion.

Psalm 23:3: “He restoreth my soul.” Our souls often feel worn down, exhausted, in need of refurbishment, reconditioning, and refurnishing. He restores us.

As I read these passages, I thought of so many ways my own soul needs healing. But also of the many people I know who carry wounds in their souls. Thank God for His wonderful work in our lives.

How do we experience this grace? I believe it is first by faith, that we trust Him with our wounds and concerns. Then we bring them to Him in conversational prayer. Talk to Him, read His Word and let Him talk to you. Then we may take the deeper hurts of our souls to others – trusted others, believers with integrity – and share them. As James said: “Confess your faults to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed.”

Christ through His Word, His Spirit, and His people brings healing to our hearts. Often it is in surprising moments that only God could arrange that this healing is experienced. But this is why Christ came. Soul-healing is central to His redemptive work.

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