I get excited by the word of God on many occasions and for many different reasons, but I especially get excited when I find something in scripture that relates to emotional healing. Something that speaks directly to the emotional and psychological impact of sin. We can see provision throughout scripture for healing. However, this particular verse excites because it talks about healing in the inner man. God has made provision for healing my inner child. Isn’t that someone who thinks about everything, yes everything is covered.
Why do you still need healing for the child?
I am excited about Ephesians 3:16 because for so long I denied the pain of that hurt child, shame kept me busy and focused trying to shut out the pain that still lingered deep inside. I had helped others confronted their wounded child and knew the importance of healing in this area but still continued to neglect my injured child. Over time I learnt to work through and move on from shame.
Shame was the biggest obstacle to healing. However, the breakthrough came when I finally accepted that I had no need to be ashamed. Sometimes we can view the hurt child through the eyes of a critical adult and therefore withhold love and acceptance. Please note that if you relate to this that the critical voice is not your own. We live in a society where sexual abuse is very prevalent, yet many deny it and as a result secrets fester in families and abusers have free reign.
Healing for the inner man
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Eph. 3:16
This verse is a lifeline when plagued with memories.
The text offers comfort when I am in situations where I am faced with memories. Ephesians 3:16 reinforces the belief that one day I will be completely restored.
Crucial points to do when healing my inner child
- I chose to be confident that the work of restoration will be completed
- I activate my self-care plan
- I access and use support
Having a self-care plan enables me to respond quickly to thoughts and feelings that will lead into the abyss of pain and suffering or the sometimes violent storm of confusion and despair.
You can read more about my healing journey through these blog post Healing from abuse and Can broken lives heal.