When we hear or read of wounds today, it’s usually in connection with violence. Wounds bring to mind something serious, something that may very well lead to death.
There are also spiritual wounds. Using physical characteristics, Isaiah described spiritual wounds suffered by Israel: “Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head…only wounds and welts and open sores…” (Isaiah 1:6, NIV)
Proverbs 18:14 (KJV) nails the difference between a physical wound and a spiritual one: “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit, who can bear?” There are invisible wounds of the spirit all around us. We have them ourselves.
We know, of course, that our spiritual wounds are healed by the wounds of Jesus. (I Peter 2:24) But what about healing the wounds of others’ with our own? Let’s say someone is wounded by depression. If another person says to him, “I suffer from depression,” doesn’t that open the door for healing — for both people? They’re not alone.
In the church (where confessing wounds and sins should occur routinely), sharing wounds is amazingly difficult. What will others think if they know you have problems? They will see you differently now. That may be true, but a lot of people will find healing in your wounds, because they have the same wounds.
We are told to confess our sins to each other (James 5:16); carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2); build each other up (I Thessalonians 5:11); and be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32). When we open our woundedness to others, we do all those things. Think of what Paul wrote in II Corinthians 12:10: “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”