He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted, To proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives And freedom to prisoners. Isaiah 61:1
God will heal all those who are broken in spirit and bring freedom to those in mental and emotional bondage. Early negative experiences can put chains on the mind and limit our thinking to other people’s definitions of who they think we are. Negative parenting can create a very skewed reality of ourselves and create difficulties in the way we relate to others.
When we come to Jesus he makes us brand new. The old self and image is done away with and he gives us a brand new identity. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Our past does not have to define who we are and it does not determine where we are going.
Jesus came to show us the way to a brand new reality. To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; Isaiah 61:2 With God we have divine favour and the Holy Spirit is our comfort and guide. God can replace the old negative experiences and challenges that we face with good things and give us a new life.
Jesus came to grant to those who mourn in Zion; to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning; the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he maybe glorified. Isaiah 61:3
Our lives are hid in Christ and in him we have a brand new identity. Give God your negative experiences and tell him about every place where it hurts. Let God heal you where it hurts.