The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity: but a wounded spirit who can bear? ~ Proverbs 18:14
I’d like to talk about healing in this article, but not just physical healing. Our physical health is affected by our emotional and spiritual health. Emotional healing often goes unnoticed until something causes past trauma to surface. A spiritual awakening enlightened us to the fact that we were in bondage to sin's power and needed spiritual deliverance. Likewise, an encounter with the Almighty will show us our need of emotional healing. Often people are bound by chains of unforgiveness and bitterness — hurting from self-inflicted wounds, broken relationships, betrayal, abuse, incest, molestation, failure, grief, and such like. In an effort to cope, people use their words or actions to lash out at others. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, this gives way to a vicious cycle of hurting other people. These defensive responses are the symptoms of emotional wounds and broken hearts.
The remedy is the blood of Jesus Christ which, when applied to the heart, serves as the cure for sin and will reroute us to the path of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. There is a need for people to be made whole. This is why people need the Lord.
The Lessons We Will Learn: Love God, love yourself, love your family, love your neighbors, love your enemies and forgive everyone. Only God can choose not to forgive.
Situations or circumstances can take the form of "emotional baggage" in the lives of people, that only Jesus can efficiently help us work through. But Jesus looked beyond our sin to supply our needs. That is love!
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly... for yet scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
~ Romans 5:6-8
~ Romans 5:6-8
Jesus made provision for our healing physically, spiritually and emotionally (body, soul, spirit and mind) through his shed blood.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. ~ Isaiah 53:5
He suffered pain physically and emotionally just to purchase our pardon. He sacrificed his life for our healing. He did not sin (he was innocent) but died for OUR sins. He took our place: we should have been the ones who were crucified. But God loved us so much that he gave his only son, who gave his own life that we could have forgiveness for sin and redemption through his blood. As believers, we have access to complete healing as a part of our benefit package:
Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, oh my soul and forget not all his BENEFITS: Who forgives all your iniquities; who HEALS ALL your DISEASES; who REDEEMS your life from DESTRUCTION; who crowns you with LOVINGKINDNESS and TENDER MERCIES. Who SATISFIES your mouth with GOOD THINGS; so that your YOUTH is RENEWED like the eagle's. ~ Psalm 103:1-5
Even after salvation, we may seek and need emotional healing from our shattered and broken past life. As the Lord begins his work of picking up the pieces to make us whole, we begin to see our lack. When we realize we are hurting emotionally, let's be honest and admit it to the Lord. Let's ask him in faith to heal and deliver us. Call for the elders of the church, as the Bible instructs, and let them lay hands on us and pray the prayer of faith so that we may be healed. Jesus seeks to deliver us and heal us no matter how deep the hurt or heavy the baggage. Through Christ and his guidance, we learn how to avoid hurting others by being prayerful and careful in our relationships.
The Power of Healing The man at the pool of Bethesda was impotent and weak. We may find ourselves powerless and "waiting for the moving of the water." He had his infirmity for 38 years. (How long have we borne ours?) When Christ saw him in that condition, he asked the man if he would be made whole. He will ask us the same question. Excuses were offered in response, but the question remained: Will you be made whole? Rise, take up your bed and walk, Jesus spoke. By faith in those words, the man was immediately made whole. By faith so can we. (John 5:1-9)
As more about self is revealed to us through the Lord, stay honest (by God's grace), own it, and work on it the Bible way. We may still experience hurts, but there's a supernatural power within that enables us to forgive and move forward.
Will You Be Made Whole? Recently, at our 5th Annual Friends & Family Day event, our Pastor preached a message entitled "Where Does It Hurt?" Prior to the preached word, a beautiful play highlighting the power of forgiveness was presented. God wants our mind, body, soul and spirit. He wants all of us. Where do you hurt? Are you hurting others? Jesus wants to know. He is our great physician and he has a balm like no other. He will heal every hurt. Come to Jesus and be made whole.
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