The Wounded Soul

Is your soul wounded? If you’re like virtually every other human being who has walked the face of the earth, your soul has been wounded in some way.

Soul wounds occur in many ways: through trauma, accident, injury, abuse, or misunderstanding. The degree to which the soul is wounded by an event depends on the person’s perception of that event at the time of its occurrence.

So, why the big fuss about a wounded soul? If everyone has had hurts, why not just pick yourself up and get on with life? Well, that is easier said than done.  Why? Because the wounds in our soul may go deep–so deep, in fact, that they may be buried and inaccessible. Yet, they are affecting every area of our lives, from our health, to our relationships, to our decision-making, to our finances, to our success.

Because we are created in the image of God (who is a triune being), we, too, are triune beings.  Our three parts are the spirit, the soul, and the body. We are all born into this world with a spirit separated from God. Some people call this “original sin.”  When we accept Christ as our Savior, however, He gives us a new spirit that is reconnected to God the Father. In short, accepting Christ (aka being born again) restores us to a right relationship with God the Father. Our new spirit is just like Christ’s–righteous, whole, and in perfect fellowship with God.

But our soul and our body do not get born again instantaneously as does our spirit. In fact, from the moment we are born again, Holy Spirit  begins to work on our souls to clean them up. This process is called sanctification, and it is a life-long process. It is in the soul that the hidden struggles of life take place, those struggles that cause conflict, negative emotions, poor health, and financial lack.

The good news, however, is that Jesus came not only to forgive us of our sins but also to restore our souls (Psalm 23:2). This means that it is His will to heal our souls and to restore them to the state of peace, love, and joy which they enjoyed before Adam and Eve rebelled against God.

Recent studies in psychology, physics, and medicine are revealing that the condition of our souls affects the condition of every other aspect of our lives.  Scripture has taught this for centuries:  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1 NKJV). This verse makes it clear that we will prosper according to the degree that our soul prospers. So, getting our souls healed is of paramount importance.

But how do we get our souls healed?  Here are a few ways that have helped me:

1) Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you those issues of the soul that are keeping you in bondage. They may be personal sins, generational curses, or memories of traumatic experiences. Recent psychological and medical research has shown that our memories are located not only in our brains but also in our cells. These memories in our cells are called “cellular memories” and, unless dealt with, they will affect every aspect of our lives. Research  is proving Scripture to be scientifically true, as those of us who follow Christ have known all along.

2) Allow Holy Spirit to heal the issues of your soul. Yes, it is up to you to allow Holy Spirit to heal your wounded soul. At times you may need to repent; at other times you may need to forgive, and at other times you may need to do both. 

3) Believe that as you ask God to heal you of a wounded soul, He will. Jesus came to heal wounded souls (Isaiah 61:1). He delights in healing wounded souls. All you have to do is ask Him to heal yours, and He will.

Questions: How has Jesus healed you of a wounded soul? What Biblical advice would you offer others who want to be healed of a wounded soul? You may leave a comment by clicking here.
Copyright 2015 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA.  All Rights Reserved.

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is an award-winning, widely published author, Certified Life Coach, Certified Biblical Counselor, and Certified Behavioral Consultant. She is also an intercessor who believes in the power of prayer to change the seemingly unchangeable.