Most of us know the verse “...by His stripes we are healed,” found in the book of Isaiah chapter 53. As Christians, it is the basis why we do not claim any ailment that comes into our life. Our premise is that, as Jesus Christ was flogged, bloodied, hammered, and nailed to the cross at Calvary, He bore the brunt of every disease known to mankind.
Yet, in reality, many of the problems we experience with ailments and illnesses within our bodies come from our own lack of forgiving ourselves. The human mind, body, and spirit is so highly complex and integrated, that somehow, subconsciously, when we do not forgive ourselves, it is because we believe that we deserve whatever physical issue we are experiencing; not understanding that, if you are a professed Christian, Jesus has already forgiven you! –Now, you must forgive yourself!
You literally have to accept the fact that God has already forgiven you for whatever it is that you believe you have done. And yet, sometimes your own lack of unforgiveness is compounded by the external. –Other people who knew you prior to your decision to clean up your life may not have forgiven you. –Or, those who knew you prior to your Confession of Faith may not believe in your sincerity. Well, at some point, you will have to make a decision. Do you believe what God says about you; or, what others say about you? –The proof of the one you believe will be your life.
Ask for forgiveness from those whom you have hurt or harmed. And yes, you will have to ask! Once you have humbled yourself and asked in sincerity, it is up to them to forgive you for what you have done. Keep in mind that, your request for the other person’s forgiveness is mostly for you. Their forgiveness of your deed is mostly for them. And, your request for forgiveness is healing for you; while their acceptance to forgive you, is healing for them.
Then, every day, look into a mirror and say, “My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has forgiven me; and today, by the Grace of God, I forgive myself.” Do this daily until you can truly, truly believe it. So finally, once and for all, you can let the healing begin. L.
**Now it is your turn to write your thoughts regarding today's verses in your journal.
Study Reference: Psalm 103:1-5
From: “Your Thoughts: The Healing of Forgiveness.” In The Master’s Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living
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