Emotional, behavioral, and spiritual wounds often go unnoticed, hidden deep within. Explore the profound impact of unaddressed hurts and how they can unexpectedly affect others. In this post, we uncover the importance of recognizing and addressing these wounds so that we break the cycle of how hurting people hurt others.

I couldn’t tell you when or where I heard it, but long ago I heard the saying “Hurting people hurt people.” As a Neuropsychologist, I’ve seen many hurting people. The trouble is, the kinds of wounds that have walked through my door for the most part aren’t physical. As I mention in my newest book, The Hem of His Garment: Reaching Out to God When Pain Overwhelms, “Somehow the invisible pain we suffer can seem like the worst of all pain.”

They are emotional.
They are behavioral.
Or they are spiritual.

To a very large extent, those are the hurts that can be

harder to deal with,
harder to manage,
harder to accept,
harder to understand,
harder to provide grace for.

Why?

Because they often aren’t obvious.

They don’t scream like a broken leg in a cast, “I’m hurt and in pain…be gentle around me.”

They don’t even whisper like eyes looking through glasses, “Be careful, for without my glass crutch I would be lost.”

Why do hurt people hurt people?

No, emotional hurts, pain, wounds are often not even recognized by the one suffering with them. Those are the injuries that often get “shoved deep down” to “deal with” on another day, a day when it’s more convenient. Except, because they are shoved deep down and not glaring when one looks in the mirror, that more convenient day never seems to arrive.

And then, S*M*A*C*K!! Seemingly out of nowhere, the compilation of hurts and pain and wounds erupts one day…often in excess to the trigger that caused the smoldering volcano to spew, and probably just as often toward someone undeserving.

The Bible tells us in Luke 6:45 (NIV) “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”

So all the pain, sorrow, rejection, humiliation, shame that we harbor in our hearts will eventually be spoken to someone else.

 

Pain has a way of capturing our attention and shaping our outlook on life. Discover how everything we perceive is influenced by this lens. But don't despair! There is more to life than pain. How can you shift your perspective from pain to God's presence in your daily life?

 

Hurting people hurt people

Several years ago, I found myself in a situation where I felt frustrated and angry, and as I proceeded with my task I found the anger intensifying. I found myself role-playing in my mind. A game of charades in my thoughts, projecting my anger onto someone else. Yet, no-one was around. I was alone with my thoughts and with my heart. Yet even when I tried to focus on something else, the anger bubbled up within me.

I silently asked myself “Why am I so angry?” That’s when I remembered that “Hurting people hurt people.”

Then plain as day it came to me, “I feel hurt.”
And the recipient of my mental charade of wrath was being directed at the person who had offended me. Yet that individual was blissfully unaware of the anger that was dancing a duet without its partner.

And while sure enough, I felt hurt, I didn’t like the feeling of anger within me. I didn’t want that to spill over my lips toward my offender or toward the innocent bystanders who happened across my path.

I went to church with a sorrowful heart. Saddened that I would feel such ugly, vile feelings, and sadder still with the realization that because of the hurt I felt, I could inflict that pain on someone else. Yet in that service, through the worship and scripture, I was assured that God had come to rid me of that wart of imperfection and to comfort my hurts. I walked out of that service with a much softer heart.

Have you been carrying hurts in your heart? Is that emotional pain threatening to spill out on those around you? Take that pain to the Lord and let Him bring the comfort only He can bring.

How can you extend grace to yourself and those around you today?

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

 

 

The Hem of His Garment is available now for Pre-Order.

In the time up to its official release on 8-1-23, I’m offering a bundle of Free Gifts for those who pre-order the book.

Bundle of free gifts available when you pre-order The Hem of His Garment before 8-1-23!

 

We all experience pain from time to time, and not just physical pain, but also emotional pain, relational pain, spiritual pain, grief and loss.

I’ve been there. I’ve experienced each one of those types of pain. I’ve asked the hard questions. I’ve searched the scriptures for biblical examples and lessons learned through pain and suffering. And I’m sharing a fresh perspective in my new book “The Hem of His Garment: Reaching Out to God When Pain Overwhelms.”

You might not be enduring pain of any kind right now (thank Him!!) but you know people who are, and you know pastors, counselors, coaches, teachers and ministry leaders who need biblically based resources to minister to those who are hurting.

Pre-order a copy of “The Hem of His Garment” and I’ll send you these free gifts as a bonus!

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Emotional, behavioral, and spiritual wounds often go unnoticed, hidden deep within. Explore the profound impact of unaddressed hurts and how they can unexpectedly affect others. In this post, we uncover the importance of recognizing and addressing these wounds so that we break the cycle of how hurting people hurting others.

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