Recovering from Pain
This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord. – Jeremiah 31:32 (NLT)
A broken heart can damage more than your emotions. Researchers at UCLA say distress from rejection affects the same part of the brain that responds to physical pain. That means an emotional setback can result in the type of pain you would experience from a broken arm (read about the study here).
The problem that can accompany hurt and sorrow is if you allow it to drive you into a self-centered pity party. You can sulk in the corner and moan: “No one has ever been hurt this bad. No one has ever been this humiliated. No one has ever felt the sting of rejection like I have.” That isn’t true because countless numbers of people how that living in the world will inevitably result in heartache.
Jesus put it this way: “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows” (John 16:33). The second part of that verse says, “But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
No matter what you’re facing right now, you can find encouragement because My Son has overcome the world. It may not seem so in the midst of loss and pain. But when you take time to come to Me and talk with Me, you may be surprised at the answers you find, the peace you discover, and the emotional release you will sense. Try Me.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Read Jeremiah 32:31-37.
- A covenant is much more meaningful than a contract because both parties are pledging to use their best efforts and invest themselves in keeping the agreement. Has anyone ever broken a covenant with you? How did that feel? What did you do about it?
- What kind of covenant can you make with Me that will help you make it through life in a more peaceful manner?