By Kenneth Wolff

We have all heard the saying, “Time Heals all Wounds,” but does it? As I think about this saying, I cannot help but think about my wounds and my time spent dealing with them and struggling with them. I often wondered, did it need to take this long, and was it time that healed my wounds?

This past week in Ohio, 20 First Responders began the journey of addressing the wounds they have been tolerating for far too long. We have all gone through trials, tests, and tribulations and wondered, when will this end? This week, these men committed themselves to find out the truth on how they could be healed from their wounds. They discovered that there are no shortcuts to what God is doing in their lives; James 1:2-4 states, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” These men showed up at different stages in their lives. They committed themselves to the process of finding out the truth. Men laughed, cried, and listened to each other as they shared their struggles and what they have endured.

It is so easy to focus on how long we are dealing with difficult situations in our lives, but if we stay focused on the struggles, how can there be any hope in time healing our wounds?

During this week, these men heard the truth on how they can be set free and healed. What was it? Was it time that healed these wounds, or was it something else? If we focus on the duration of the struggle, we can fall into a deeper state of depression and the trap the enemy sets for us. It has to be more than time that heals all wounds! These men learned that God is not focused on the time we are dealing with something; HE is focused on the condition of our heart.

Once we know that truth, then we realize time doesn’t heal all wounds; allowing God into our heart and having a relationship with Jesus does.


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