Posted: December 1, 2010 in Church, Jesus Christ
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Bad things happen to people.  A child is driven from their homes, accident on the way to work.  An illness that takes a love one or a murderer who lives.  Someone that is unappreciated. It can be anything.  But slowly a small root of unforgiveness springs up.  We find ourselves cultivating and watering it with our responses.  Like a wound that breaks forth with puss but we refuse to let it heal.  Every reminder becomes a source of greater and deeper source of pain.  Like a wound we continually allow the memory to fester. Each time we yank  the flesh to stop it from healing until a scar is left on our hearts and minds.  Eventually all we do is in respond to a life that has been twisted by a past incident. We carry those hurts and treasure them.  Every pain a reminder and a justification to why we hate and curse.  Years might pass and even when the reason for the pain has lapsed you still carry unforgiveness and hate.

 But unforgiveness spoils and twists us inside.  Hate becomes a pain we can only carry for so long before it poison us.  We choose to carry what we don’t have to.  It becomes a part of our lives and we will defend it and justify how we feel.  We are held captive by those responses.  So the choices we should make are made by the scars of unforgiveness and anger.

 But there is one that has a healing ointment which can soothe and restore.  He can reach into where those scars are and clean them and bandage them.

 There is one that can take your pain.  He can remove hurts and will pour in healing.  Instead of pain you will find peace.  Instead of bitterness you will find joy.  Instead of unforgiveness you will receive the power to forgive and release.  Instead of the deadness you will know joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Instead of a scar which you once treasured, you will be released to live again.  Jesus alone has the power to heal and restore. 

 He is the good shepherd:  Who cares.  If his death meant anything it was the fact that his outstretched arms were wide enough to embrace the unloving, the dying, the sick and those which humanity shrinks from.  There in his hands are the wounds that can bind up the broken, give sight to the blind, restore the ruined.  Give hope to the hopeless

 He is the good Samaritan who went out of his way to bind up and care.

He is the good father who welcomes his lost son.

He has the grace that reaches out and makes us welcome in his father house.

He is the one that stands at the right hand of the father to intercede.

 There is only one hindrance to healing: We need to forgive.

 Mark 2: 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

 Mark 11: 25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 Even through gritted teeth acknowledge our needs and our SINS.  We don’t need them and we don’t need to carry them.

 Forgiveness requires enough humility to acknowledge our own impotence in healing ourselves.  Before Jesus can apply healing you have to realise you need healing.  Jesus will never force himself on anyone.  But I can say that God can heal and will heal if you let him.   What a glorious think to know you have been forgiven and that you have the power to forgive.  To release what has for so many years dominated and scoured your life.  Now you can allow God to restore and renew your life and make it what it should have always been -beautiful.


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