"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." Luke 4:18-19 NKJV
How do we heal?
Our emotions are a product of our beliefs and what we think. Let me illustrate. If we believe we are not going to be safe, we will be fearful whether we are attacked or not. If we believe we will be safe, we will not be afraid. If you expect good things, you are happy. If you expect bad things to happen, you are sad or worried.
John says that the truth will make you free. The context of this verse is being made free from sin. There is also an application to this verse that replacing unbiblical thoughts with biblical truth will straighten out the emotions.
The problem is that when a person has gone through verbal and physical abuse over a long period of time, the mind becomes convinced that the lies that we were told are true even though they are not. Many times the physical abuse backs up the verbal abuse to convince us that the lies are true.
The key to healing is to straighten out the lies and the unbiblical thinking. Most survivors of abuse do not believe or trust people. As a result they will not believe good advice. The solution to this problem is to learn what God says about the problem. God does not steer us wrong. We must go to the Bible for the answers.
In order to straighten out our thought life and our emotional life, we must replace the lies with biblical truth.