The Identity Healing Gap

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He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:24-25


In Christian circles we may not know how to relate to people in specific sins because we may not be able to see them as God sees them. This could be that we do not see ourselves as God sees us, so we project that personal reality onto others. Maybe we are uncomfortable because our wounds have not led us to the same behaviors or way of living. This can make it difficult seeing past the behavior of others to get to the pain that got them there. Maybe we do not think that we are wounded. This is a huge deception of the enemy. Healing is more that physical. It is psychological, emotional, spiritual, …

Healing Gap?

In 1 Peter 2:2-5, we find the verses that explain what our response and life can look like as a person wanting to reflect the image of God.

A Living Stone and a Holy People

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,  you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

It takes infesting time and effort into someone’s life, to bridge the identity healing gap. Has someone done that for you, or have you been told to forget your pain and live like the new creation that you are. Many times I wonder if the reason we don’t know what to do when someone struggles with a sin that we cannot relate to is because we have not done the hard work in our own healing and wholeness in an intimate way with God. The truth is, we have to be transformed and ‘grow up into salvation.’ All of us. Not just the sexually sinful, the murderers. All. Of. Us.

We often get too enthralled with and focused on seeing a behavioral outcome when the results are not up to us, nor is it our responsibility, it is God’s. This is why we dismiss personal pain. We dismiss it so our behavior lines up with what others think. In return, we miss the opportunity to let God into the pain of our lives and the deep intimacy we can have with our Father, Creator, and Gracious Redeemer.

As we look for ways to bridge the Identity Healing Gap, look at areas in your life where you could plug God in. Your compassion toward the wounded may just take on an entirely new perspective.

Jenelle Linden

Author Jenelle Linden

Let us show up for the wounded and brokenhearted and help people bring God into painful and confusing places.

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