If you are alive on planet earth today, you have been bruised. No one escapes the bruises of life, and most of us are born already damaged from the bruises of parental woundedness passed on from one generation to another.
However, the Good News is that Jesus' desire is that every bruise be healed.
Recognizing the bruise is the first step to healing. The Gospels report that Jesus healed "ALL THAT CAME TO HIM."
"Coming to Jesus" is a very important part of the process. It is in fact the power of asking that releases faith and opportunity for divine intervention. "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." (Matt. 7:;7)
What exactly is an emotional bruise? A bruise on our physical bodies manifest after we have been hit with a blunt object or take a particularly nasty fall. It is the internal, unseen bleeding that discolors the skin and increases sensitivity to touch in the area of bruising. Now, translate that into the emotional. When we have been wounded or bruised emotionally our personality reflects the emotional distress to our identity. Like an apple that has been dropped a "soft spot" will eventually appear at the point of greatest pressure. If not cut out of the damaged fruit, it will go deeper and become pervasive to the whole apple. And, if the bruised apple is placed in a bowl with other "good" apples and left there, eventually, the whole bowl of fruit will be contaminated; thus the proverb, "one bad apple spoils the whole bushel." Spiritually speaking, Hebrews 12:15 becomes the reality: "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you and thereby many be defiled."
An emotional bruise, much like the bruised apple, may not show up immediately. But eventually, it will manifest and if not brought to Jesus for healing, will produce a root of bitterness that not only troubles the one carrying the bruise, but will also contaminate those associated with the damaged person.
Perhaps it would help to identify how we become bruised. It has been said that an emotional bruise occurs when someone receives a blow to their personal identity. These blows can come from others or be self-inflicted. The blows from outside sources include: parents, older siblings, teachers, coaches, pastors, priests, or any one in authority over us. How are they inflicted? Words are one instrument used to inflict the wound."The words of the malicious stir up strife and they go down to the inner chambers of the heart." "The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the inner most parts of the belly."( Prov. 26:22) "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." Proverbs 18:21
Cruel words spoken are the instruments of bruising:
1) "You are lazy and will never amount to anything..."
"You are worthless....
"This is your portion in life______________.
"I wish you were never born."
"You are.....(fill in the blank)
2) Name calling : "Stupid" "Idiot" "Fool" "Retard" "Ugly" "Fat" ...etc
3) Self-Inflicted bruises:
"I am so stupid"
"I am worthless"
"I wish I were dead."
"I wish I had never been born."
"I am so ________________.(fill in the blank)
Life circumstances also inflict bruises. "I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill, but time and chance happens to all. (... time and circumstances meet them all. Ecc. 9:11) These circumstances would include:
1. loss of identity
2. loss of job
3. loss of ministry
4. loss of marriage
5. loss of family members
6. loss of natural abilities
7. loss of sexual purity
Even though life renders difficulties to all of us, some of us are more bruised than other. Multiplied instances of betrayal, rejection, abandonment and sexual abuse can set the stage of personality disorders due to deep emotional bruises.
Signs of this deep bruising can include:
1. bursting into tears at the mention or thought of the trauma
2. bursting into tears and not knowing why
3. severe and prolonged depression
4. recalling a traumatic experience, but having no feelings attached to it: "frozen emotions"
5. in severe cases personalities become so damaged they are fragmented and become clinically known
as Multiple Personality Disorder or DID, Disassociative Identity Disorder ( many times seen from incest, ritualistic abuse, or satanic ritualistic abuse)
All the above are indicative of severe bruising and may also indicate demonic strongholds that need to be addressed through the prayers of deliverance.
Bruises are painful and debilitating; like trying to run a marathon with a ball and chain around your leg. They slow us down in our life pursuits. We become defensive in order to protect that painful area so that we are not hurt again. We build walls to keep people out and the poison of the wound supposedly hidden.
When Jesus said that he came to set at liberty all those that have been bruised, he was making himself available to the whole human race. The Greek word for "bruised" is "thrau" it means "broken in pieces" Isaiah 42:3, foretells of the Lord's ministry: "...a bruised reed he will not break and a smoking flax he will not extinguish." This same Word is reiterated in Matthew's Gospel, Chapter 12, Verses 18-21 " Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break and as smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In his name the nations will put their hope." In all our brokenness and with all our bruises, Jesus still loves us and counts us worthy of redemption. He is waiting to heal your bruises.
Pray this prayer with an honest and sincere heart:
Almighty and everlasting Father, I come before you now in great need of your mercy. You are the doctor and physician of my soul. I humbly beseech thee to send forth your healing power into every area of my inner woundedness. I surrender to you all areas of unforgiveness, especially those hurtful past events where anger and bitterness have been allowed to fester, causing harm to my emotional and physical health. I ask for your grace to forgive every person that has ever hurt me.
I forgive every person that has been in authority over me and has used that authority to bruise me with their words or actions, including: my parents, my older siblings, teachers, coaches, pastors, and priests. I forgive friends, coworkers, neighbors and acquaintances for all damaging words and brutal actions against me.
I forgive and ask for your loving grace to heal every form of sickness, sin, disease and lie of the enemy.
With the powerful name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command all strongholds broken in my life, all bruises healed and all ungodly imaginations destroyed.
I break the power of the enemy in the inner most parts of my being in the Name of Jesus.
I speak complete restoration of all things, spirit, soul and body.
I boldly declare, that no weapon formed against me shall prosper and every word raised in judgement against me, I condemn!
I thank you Almighty God for healing every bruise of my life and setting me free from every demonic assignment.
In Jesus' Mighty Name I pray,