Hidden Heart Wounds

Pain is there for a reason, don’t ignore it. (Psalms 32:3-4)

  1. Acknowledge there is something needed. (Psalms 39:1-3)
  2. Exercise Self-Control. (Proverbs 25:28)
    • If we do just these two above, we may have temporary relief, however, its only behavioral modification, which will lead to eventual failure, we can only sustain this for a limited time unless God heals our heart.
  3. Seek God – Sometimes we don’t know what “it” is, or how to fix it, only God can direct and heal. We need God to heal the hidden wounds in our hearts. (Psalms 44:20-21 & Psalms 147:3)
  4. Receive, Implement, and Integrate God’s Word into our lives. Follow what God is doing and walk it out as God leads you. (Psalms 119:11)

Going Deeper

We all have hidden wounds in our hearts, so how do we deal with them?

Sometimes we know what the pain is, and sometimes we don’t, regarding our emotional/spiritual hearts. I’m not talking about our minds; these are two different things. As we read in scripture, there is renewing of the mind and healing of the heart. Our heart is where our belief system truly lies… We feel what we believe, not what we think… This accounts for why we can think one thing and completely feel something else, or when our feelings don’t line up with a current situation…

“When I kept silent, my bones grew old. Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.”

Psalms 32:3-4

Here we see in the Psalm that holding things inside can cause problems. Pain is there for a reason, don’t ignore it, it needs to be taken to God.


  • Acknowledge there is something needed.

“I said, “I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me.” I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; And my sorrow was stirred up. My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue:”

Psalms 39:1-3

Here we see that acknowledging and speaking it out, confessing to God, is the beginning. We may not know what it is, however, we still can go to God and speak to what we are feeling and struggling with, even though we don’t know the root cause or what we need. God does know these things and He wants us to come to Him with everything.

  • Exercise Self-Control.

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.”

Proverbs 25:28

Have you ever seen someone who is emotionally or spiritually always all over the map? People who don’t have emotional or spiritual walls, are not exercising self-control in their lives. Are you like this?

If we do just these two above, we may have temporary relief, however, its only behavioral modification, which will lead to eventual failure, we can only sustain this for a limited time, unless God heals our heart.

  • Seek God – Sometimes we don’t know what “it” is, or how to fix it, only God can direct and heal. We need God to heal the hidden wounds in our hearts.

“If we had forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a foreign god, would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.”

Psalms 44:20-21

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Psalms 147:3

In these two scriptures we see God knows the secrets of our hearts and can heal them. Our hearts truly hold our belief system, because whatever our heart believes is what we feel. Sometimes we don’t know the wounds in our hearts, or when they happened. We are blind to some of them; however, God knows, and He knows what’s best for us. He’s going to do things His way. He just wants us to come to him just as we are right now.

  • Receive, Implement, and Integrate God’s Word into our lives. Follow what God is doing and walk it out as God leads you.

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Psalms 119:11

In our western American culture, we like to learn, however, there is a huge difference between learning and doing. Example: We can learn all about how to sky dive, but that doesn’t mean you can go pack a parachute, jump out of a plane, and survive. In our culture there is a vast gap between learning about something and realistically being able to do it.

We can learn God’s Word, which is the first step, however, that is in our head not our hearts, how does it get from our head to our hearts?

First, we need to receive God’s Word into our lives, this is more than learning. We need to receive His Word, like receiving a gift from someone. We need to open our whole life to receiving His Word, not just our minds.

Baby Steps – As we read and study God’s Word, start with several verses or a chapter. We need to have a humble attitude, opening ourselves (heart & mind) to what His Word is communicating to us. We should be open to receiving. Not defending or justifying things, but rather being open to what His Word is saying.

Second, we need to implement His Word into our lives. Implement means to put a decision or plan into effect. That’s what we need to do with God’s Word. Take what we have received in God’s Word, decide, and make a plan to integrate His Word into our lives.

Baby Steps – Make a simple game plan. Take 1 or 2 things from that scripture, seek God on how he wants you to game plan. If you’re getting nothing back, then, proceed making your own game plan as best you can, submit your plan to God in prayer, always be open to Him changing things along the way.

Third, after we have a plan, we want to focus on the goal of integrating God’s Word into our lives. Integrate means to combine one thing with another so that they become whole. This is what we want with God’s Word and our lives. We want His Word to combine with our lives so that we become more whole.

Baby Steps – Take action on the game plan. Start doing the plan, continue to seek God thru this, seek His guidance, pour out your feelings to Him, be honest with Him where you are at during this process. It’s important to take those 1 or 2 things and start doing them consistently in your life. This step can be the most difficult, frustrating, discouraging, etc. Remember we live in a world that wants things immediately, God typically doesn’t work like that. It’s about the journey and the steps we take learning how to do what His Word says.


Taking this journey is how God usually does things, we see this with people in the Bible. During this journey we gain many things, learning to always seek God, walking in faith, we learn about God’s characteristics, the list can keep going. During the journey we ask for God to heal us, asking Him into all areas of our lives.

God’s Word is Living and Unchangeable, having it integrated in our lives gives us life thru His Word. It causes us to line up with His will, His commands, His way of doing things, which is what we want. It will also bring healing into our lives. This is a lifelong process, which needs to be our focus throughout our lives.

“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Psalms 119:11

“Father, we humbly come before you. I ask that you send Your Holy Spirit to the person reading this, and I ask you to begin a new work in their life. Lead them and show them the journey you have for healing heart wounds. I ask you to heal them, in Your Son’s most Holy name, Jesus Christ, amen.”


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