To have wounds is natural  and  time will heal them.  But wounds remaining  unhealed for a long time point to the  poor health of a person. Wounds  can happen  in all three parts of the  integral personality  of man viz. body, mind, and soul. 

Of these three, the mind is  more complex and   the diseases  affecting it are  difficult to  treat, unless a proper diagnosis is done. Its treatment  involves a certain technique called inner healing having  its origin in  Christian spirituality. Oftentimes we  find  persons who carry the  burden of something that happened in their life years ago. These experiences haunt their  mind and make them  behave in a certain pattern.

Reason will  tell us to treat the diseases of the mind psychologically or psychiatrically, not knowing that  everything affecting the mind  cannot be rectified by these tools. Here comes the relevance of inner healing. Basically it is a spiritual tool  to heal a  person  who carries  unhealed  wounds  in his mind.

Wounds that are not properly treated  will turn chronic   with the passage of time. At this stage the open wounds  will start producing  a stench that we call negative emotions. The devil will use these negative emotions as doors to enter our  mind.  For example  a person who was  sexually abused during   childhood can develop an aversion to  sex  or on the other hand can   make themselves abusers when grown up. 

The major reasons for our mind to get wounded  are: Love and affection denied, Painful incidents or mishaps, Memories that  refuse to  fade with time, and Unfulfilled  wishes.

We know that  a cruel father and an  equally cruel aunt  were behind  a young Adolf Hitler becoming  the most  cruel autocrat of  modern times. The  hatred towards his aunt, who was disabled, led  Hitler to   reach the  absurd  conclusion that  disabled men and women were  to be wiped off!

Unhealed  wounds  start a chain reaction  producing a host of  negative emotions like inexplicable fear, uncontrollable anger, inferiority complex, melancholy,unbridled sexual desire, extreme hate, guilt complex, addiction to  alcohol and drugs, loneliness, unreasonable worry and anguish, despair, suicide tendency and the like.

These emotions  become a fertile ground  for the  devil  to  sow the seeds of sin. Those who struggle with  unhealed wounds often do things that they never wanted to do. ‘I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what  I want, but I do the very thing I hate’ (Rom 7:15). It is because of the surreptitious works of the devil who use  our past wounds  as a fertile breeding ground. Left unattended, wounded persons often wound others. As  long as we  do not get healed  we will act not in a humane way but like a  ‘brute beast’(Ps 73:22).

Inner healing is the process of  transforming this  brute beast  into true human  beings and its first step is to identify  the reasons  behind our negative emotions.  Well begun is half done and with a proper diagnosis we have traveled  halfway to   healing. Now it is time to apply the medicine. We know  of only  one  medicine for inner healing and that is  the precious blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In fact he has  already paid the whole price for our integral freedom in the cross. Knowing this ultimate truth is the way to a new life. This truth will  set us free. Believe that ‘by his wounds  you  have been healed’ (1 Pet 2:23). 

It is as simple as it looks. Place our wounds alongside  the sacred wounds of  Jesus as he came to this  world to  ‘bear our  infirmities  and carry our diseases’ (Isa 53:4). ‘He was wounded for  our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities, upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed’ (Isa 53:5).  

Inner healing retreats are commonplace  nowadays.   Be assured that  once healed with the precious blood of Jesus  Christ, none of your past wounds would ever  hurt you again. In other words a person healed by Jesus Christ becomes a new creature. ‘So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see everything   has become new!’ (2 Cor 5:17). 

Come! the Lord is  waiting to heal us. Why should we  carry  the burden of a gloomy  past  into our  glorious future?