Thursday, March 28, 2019
Jesus’ incarnation and earthly ministry show us that transformation is relational. The brokenness or wounds we’ve experienced, and sin, are relational. And relational wounds are healed in relationship. Jesus chose to come to forgive and heal and reconcile a relationship, through a relationship, with you and me.
We, too, have a choice: hang onto the wound or seek reconciliation. Let it fester and become toxic and destructive or seek to embrace the healing journey. Healing is often a journey entailing a lot of emotion – pain, denial, anger, sadness, grief. But we hope ultimately for forgiveness that leads to wholeness, reconciliation and joy.
I’m experiencing the choice now. I received a phone call earlier this week that opened up a 45 year-old wound that has had painful repercussions all my life. I am dealing with grief and deep sadness. It is calling me to healing and forgiveness on many levels. Two verses are hitting me:
Now Jesus began to go all over Galilee…healing every disease and sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23
Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. Luke 11:4
Today I chose to welcome Jesus, His love and forgiveness. I trust His loving power to meet me deeply and relationally in my wounded-ness and bring healing – though I know it is a process, a journey.
Is there a wound, a sin, a brokenness that you need to invite Jesus into today? If so, would you take a minute now and just breathe deeply. Welcome the breath of life – the healing love of the Spirit of the Living God – and welcome His healing and transformation.