Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).
Spiritual healing is a process. We have to choose to heal and trust God, knowing that if we do what God, the Great Physician, asks – forgiving those who have wounded and damaged us – there will be a change, a good result, strength and wholeness. That means we can:
- Forgive every time we feel anger, mistrust or bitterness. Instead of dwelling on the emotions that are eating us alive, we can dwell on all that is good (Philippians 4:8).
- Stay in the present moment and think about the future. Instead of rehearsing old injustices and letting our lives revolve around the past, we can find a greater reward by looking ahead (Philippians 3:12).
- Let go of the idea of our perceived power and focus.Instead, we can focus on God’s work in every person and on the power of the cross (2 Corinthians 12:10).
- Stop trying to punish those who hurt us with anger and hate.Instead, we can let God deal with them (Matthew 18:21-35).
- Stop trusting in ourselves.Instead, we can trust in God and follow His lead. When we do, He promises to direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Labels from the world are heavy and worthless. Our opinion of ourself is nothing in comparison to God’s opinion.
My friend, Jesus created you uniquely and perfectly. You were made in His image. Before you were even thought of, His plans and hopes for you were greater than you could ask or imagine. You are loved. You are pursued. You are unique. You are redeemed, restored, and forgiven. You are set apart. You are esteemed. You are loved more than you can imagine, and you are His. Let Jesus rip off the labels the world, your friends, your parents, and you have put on yourself, and replace them with His labels.
My prayer for you today is that you would see yourself the way Jesus sees you. Walk confidently knowing that you are a radiant, child of God with potential to change the World. You were made for this. •
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, my soul know it’s very well.” Psalm 139:14
everyday promise of “SURELY” : The words of Psalm 23:6 tell us that “surely [God’s] goodness and unfailing love will pursue” us. Surely—not maybe or perhaps. The man who wrote those words, King David of Israel, experienced God’s goodness and mercy all his days and nights. Whether the sun was shining, or it was midnight in his soul, David was able to say, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me.” It’s so much easier for us to say “most days” or “some days.” Yet the text promises God’s presence all the days of our life. This is not a promise that all our days will be good or happy but rather an assurance that the God of mercy will follow us through the good and the bad days, the rich and the poor days, the sick and the well days—all the days of our life.
When we believe this promise, we bring his presence into our problems. It is his presence in all of our nights that wrings from our lips the certain cry, “Surely!” His sweet friendship lights up good days and makes them even better. So we do not have a maybe or a perhaps or a hopefully, but a surely that is rooted in the proven promises of God. Such certainty in the reliability of the good and loving shepherd of our soul grows trust day by day, whether he leads us through the dark valleys in the shadows or on the high hills in the sunshine. (Jill Briscoe)