AN AMAZING FACT: Did you know that you are born with 300 bones but only have 206 when you die? Of these many bones, the thighbone is stronger than concrete. And the only bone fully grown at birth is located in the ear.
Broken bones require a mending process. The bone needs to be set properly in a cast. If this is not done correctly, you will experience a lot of pain, discomfort, and even disability. But if your doctor does the job well and you care for your injury during the healing process, your bone can eventually return to near-normal functioning.
Our emotions might impact the health of our bones. Guilt is like a broken bone. Grief over sin has been shown to weaken our skeletal structure. King David understood bone health. In Psalm 38 he expresses grief over wrongdoing. He writes, “There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger, nor any health in my bones because of my sin” (Psalm 38:3).
How do you heal bones broken because of guilt and sin? Confession. David writes, “For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin” (v. 18). Deep, heartfelt repentance over sin brings healing to our minds and bodies. Withholding confession destroys our bodies. “When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all day long” (Psalm 32:3). But then, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin” (v. 5).
Do you have broken bones that need mending?
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22