Heal Others with Your Wounds by Bo Sanchez

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Heal Others with Your Wounds
by Bo Sanchez

Have you ever experienced God’s comfort?

I have. A lot of times.

When I was in my 20s, I fell in love with a girl who didn’t love me back. I courted her, gave her chocolates, flowers, and even composed a song for her. But she rejected me. (One of the greatest mysteries of the universe: Bakit hindi ako crush ng crush ko?) Rejection is always painful.

Yes, she friendzoned me. (For people my age who don’t understand what that word means, she told me, “Can we just be friends?”)

That night, I cried myself to sleep. And the next day, while picking up the broken pieces of my heart, I felt God comfort me. I remember Him telling me, “I know your future. I know what is best for you. Trust Me.”

That happened when I was 25 years old. Today, 25 years later, I thank God she rejected me. Or I wouldn’t have married Marowe, the girl of my dreams. I can’t imagine my life without this amazing woman. And I can’t imagine my life without the two boys she gave me.

So today, when I meet brokenhearted people, I’m able to pass on the comfort that I received from God. I can now tell them, “God knows your future. If someone rejects you, it simply means that person isn’t God’s best for you. Your best is yet to come.”

Let me share another story that’s close to my heart.

My wife suffered three miscarriages. Each miscarriage devastated her. After her third miscarriage, a friend asked her, “You must be used to it already?”

My wife almost screamed at her, “How dare you say that! Every miscarriage is very painful!”

After each miscarriage, she was depressed for six months. She woke up with this heavy cloud over her. Everything she ate was tasteless. Life was joyless.

Yet today, because of what she went through, she is able to comfort and pray for other women who suffer loss — even without using words. Because she received God’s comfort, she’s now able to comfort others who go through that same pain.

Author and pastor Rick Warren said, “God will never waste your wounds. He will use them to heal others who are going through the same wounding. By your wounds, He will heal many.”

Your highest calling is to be a pipeline of God’s comfort. When God comforts you, He does so because He wants you to pass on that same comfort to others.

I urge you: receive all the blessings that God wants to give you. Don’t limit God’s abundance. Because that abundance is not for you. That abundance is for others!

Go and heal the wounded with your own wounds.


May your dreams come true,

Bo Signature

*This article originally appeared in Kerygma magazine August 2016 issue.

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  1. Michael Ortega

    I am a walking talking testament and can relate to this story. I am approaching mid 40s and had never imagined being divorced after being with now my ex wife for 17 years. Most of the couple who has gone through this pain staking experience will attest that going through divorce is an utter nightmare financially, emotionally, physically, mentally and not to mention the loss of confident going through life itself.
    My divorce started 2014 coincidently one of my friend in the Philippines was in the similar boat as I was. Her marriage is doomed because of a third party involved in the marriage. In the beginning the entire concept of her husband cheating was nothing more than conceptual. With my aide she was able to solidify the cheating and she used that against him eventually to make him at least financially responsible for their kids. I was so focused on helping her with her problems and completely forgotten about mine which removed some of the pain I was going through. Sometimes I can’t help but ask myself, was it coincident? Now before you answer that for me let me tell you something else that transpired prior to that. During the beginning stages of my divorce I find it difficult to deal with every day life so one day i decided to seek help and finding myself at our local church nearby. After discovering that the group I walked into does not fit the profile I was into I turned around and said to myself…. forget this… this is useless. Just before I reached the exit door a man stopped me and said… where are you going? I humbly replied by saying… I dont know, this place is not for me. This man asked me a second question… what are you looking for? Instead of answering that directly I ended up describing what was going through. My presence in that church increased after that Incident and needless to say that was the time I was helping my wounded friend while I was wounded myself. After months of discoutaring experience and platform I was in at some point in time this same man and I had a casual conversation. He finally divulged what compelled him to stop me off my tracks heading out the exit door. He said… Im not sure what it is but I’m certain that God made me approached you and stop you from going away because it is God’s given grace that one day, maybe one day you will help someone who is in need but before you can do such gracious innocent and compassionate deed you must be rescued. At that point on it.made clear sense that God was involved in this whole scheme of things. God’s presence comes in many different shapes or forms sometimes we have to.pause and try to reflect and perhaps try to communicate with God. It is boon!

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