He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.~Luke 4:18b NKJV
Oh, the miracle of a kiss on a boo-boo!
I remember being little and getting a cut on my finger. I’d raise that chubby finger and go running to my mom. She always knew what to do. She gently cleaned it, put on a Band-Aid, and gave it a kiss. We weren’t done until my hurt had been kissed. There was magic in that application of compassion and love. It made the pain go away.
We have all seen that toddler with a boo-boo. They run to their mom or dad to clean it, put on a Band-Aid, and give it a kiss. If the wound isn’t treated, the tiny nick can continue to hurt and bleed. Each time it is touched or bumped, they are reminded of the pain. And an untreated wound can become infected and grow.
There are friends all around us with un-kissed boo-boos. They are hurt, afraid, or sad. They go through life fearful of being hurt again and looking for someone they can trust to love them and help heal their wounds.
There are people all around us with un-kissed boo-boos. They are hurt, afraid or sad. They go through life fearful of being hurt again, and looking for someone they can trust to love them and help heal their wounds.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, Contributing Author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
Difficult people often behave that way because their untreated wounds still hurt. And what we chalk up to foolishness, delusion, evil, or a flawed character can be an inner child with a wound that was never cleaned and a boo-boo that was never kissed. Psalm 147:3 reveals the compassion of the Father, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3 NIV).
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.~Psalm 147:3 NIV
The heart of God is tender toward His children. His desire is that all would be healed. Beloved, let’s be His hands, feet, and heart to a hurting world.
How can you “kiss” a friend’s “boo-boo” today?
Father God, give me Your soft heart. Touch my eyes to see beyond bad behavior in order to discover hurting, confused and frightened children longing to be comforted. Teach me to bow my knee and don the apron of a servant. May I pour the oil, gently bind up their wounds, and kiss their hurts with compassion. May I lead them to You, Father, and by the stripes of Jesus, may they be healed.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen ❤️
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
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