How do you come to a place of spiritual healing in the needed areas of your life?
Is there a Christian formula for this?
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There is someone important in my life that for years now I have felt wronged by. The reasons don’t matter. The fact is I held a grudge. I wanted to forgive because I knew I should, but down deep inside I wanted that person to understand how they had hurt me and be sorry for it. I didn’t tell them how I felt. I thought they should know. But I sure did show them. I showed it by being withdrawn from them. It was my way of punishing them and at the same time protecting myself from more hurt feelings.
I have heard of miraculous stories of forgiveness. Like someone forgiving their child’s murderer, or their own rapist. While I admire people who come to this degree of forgiveness, I’ve always doubted I could forgive that type of transgression. Would I feel guilty that I’d dishonor my loved one by forgiving their murderer? Would my forgiveness implicate that I was okay with what they had done wrong?
Another area where I have needed spiritual healing is with my sin of fear. Fear has been a life-long struggle for me. If fear is a struggle in your life, then I highly recommend the book Unafraid by Susie Davis. This book has truly helped me in my journey of overcoming fear. Being a “fear-er” is much like being an alcoholic. The tendency and desire may always be there, so you have to take steps to cope with it and stay away from the temptation.
One recent morning around 4:30 a.m., I awoke like I have many times before, with fears rushing through my mind. Utilizing coping mechanisms I learned from Unafraid , I immediately said “no” to my fearful thoughts and began praying to God. During my prayer, I asked God to reveal areas in my heart that needed healing. And boy did He ever!!! I suddenly began crying uncontrollably with an overwhelming humility. God revealed to me in that moment many sins I had committed in my life. He reminded me of sins I knew were wrong when I committed them, and He showed me sins that were ongoing that I didn’t even realize were sins. In this moment of revelation, I felt disgusting. I felt unworthy. I felt like a hypocrite. Then God reminded me that despite all these sins I have committed, he has forgiven me. He loves me despite them. He loves all his children despite their sins, and he asks that we forgive others as he forgave us!
” Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4: 31-32
In that moment of humility at 4:30 a.m., for the very first time in my life, I found true forgiveness in my heart. I forgave that important person in my life that I felt had done me wrong. I no longer felt the need for that person to understand my feelings. It didn’t matter. I forgave them. Truly forgave them. And I had the desire to extend forgiveness to anyone who hurts me in the future. To me, this was a miracle! I had never before imagined how I could come to that place.
Is there a formula for coming to a place of complete forgiveness or coming to any place of spiritual healing? I wish I could write a book that would lead people to that miraculous place. But it comes down to one thing only…humbling yourself and realizing the depth of God’s grace!
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
So, here is a formula for spiritual healing:
Ask God to reveal areas in your heart that need healing. Often we will discover ways we are spiritually “sick” and didn’t even realize it. Enter into this earnest and humble prayer for healing every day! God’s answer to your prayer may not be immediate, but don’t give up on your prayer. Trust God’s perfect timing for your healing. Through devoted and humble prayer, in His perfect timing, God will answer your prayer! He will guide you to true and unwavering forgiveness, or to learning to say “no” to fears, or to find healing for any other spiritual sickness you may have. Finally, once the answers come, trust God and be willing to take the steps needed to heal.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7Pin It