Sin and trauma. Let’s look into what the Bible has to say about that. “… The Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the wound He has inflicted
So according to Scripture, wounds can be formed in us through sin, when we sin against ourselves, with alcohol, drugs, adultery or other not-so-obvious stuff. Perhaps we gossip too much, or chronically overeat. Those sins, according to the Scripture above, can literally wound us.
If somebody sins against us by attacking, rejecting, molesting, abandoning, or talking about us, those sins committed against us can wound us! The Bible says it right in that Scripture, God heals wounds inflicted by sin. Sin wounds. Not physically, like a cut on the body or a knife wound. “Wound”, in Hebrew, means “pains and sorrows”. You feel those difficult, painful emotions in your soul when it has been wounded by sin. Sin can wound us!
A good example of someone in the Bible being wounded in their soul by sin is David. He sinned. He murdered Uriah and committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. And guess what? Those sins of adultery and murder literally wounded David in his soul.
How, do I know that? In Psalm 38, David laments the pain he feels from the wounds resulting from his sin. In verse 3, he says, “There’s no rest in my bones because of my sin.” In verse 5, he says, “My wounds stink because of my foolishness.” In verse 11, “My friends avoid me because of my wounds.”
I don’t see anything about physical wounds from David’s sins of adultery and murder. No, rather, he speaks about the wounds that came from his sins and their effect on his soul. And we know they are affecting his soul because, in verse 8, he says, “I’m groaning by the disquiet in my heart.” The word, “heart” means “soul”. Look up the Hebrew translation. David is saying, “Man, I’m feeling the pain. I committed these sins, they have wounded me and I am now groaning from the disquiet that’s in my heart. My soul has been wounded.” (Katie Version)
When sin wounds us, we must have our souls healed. In Psalm 41, the psalmist says, “Lord, be merciful unto me; heal my soul for I have sinned against thee.” Do you see it? “Heal my soul for I have sinned against thee”. The psalmist is saying, “Look, sin wounds you and then your soul has to be healed.” (KJV)
Every one of us walks around with a wounded soul. We have sinned against people and they have sinned against us. In fact, the Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. So, is it possible everyone in the world has been wounded by sin?
Yes, we have. Every single one of us has been wounded. And those wounds cause a wide variety of problems in our lives. But we’re going to get them healed. Stay tuned for next week’s lesson!