Be Healed

 
Be Healed

One member of my congregation has been dealing with nasty kidney stones. As most of you probably know, kidney stones are terribly painful. I, thankfully, have never had them. My husband has and it brought him to his knees. The thing with kidney stones is most often they need to be taken care of by a surgeon. Carrying them around is painful; having them removed is painful. But ohhh, how much better it feels when they are gone. Carrying around guilt, unforgiveness, and worry is painful; learning how to let go of guilt, and worry can be painful as well.  Sometimes we let it go, and then we take it back. I call it boomerang guilt or worry. We just can’t seem to believe that God holds us guiltless because of our faith in Jesus. We just can’t seem to fully trust God. We worry about the guilt. We worry about not feeling guilty. We worry about other people’s guilt. We worry about our children, our parents, our country, our church and sometimes we worry about our future with God. Guilt, unforgiveness, and worry are emotionally painful and spiritually unproductive. These are heavy burdens to carry around. If we go to the surgeon for kidney stones, then why wouldn’t we go to our Heavenly Physician to help with these spiritual maladies…ohhh how much better we would feel. Jesus tells us time and again not to worry. He showed us on the cross how important we are to God and how forgiving He is. He died so that our guilt could die. He lives so that we could live guiltless, forgiven lives. He lives forevermore, and so can we. James 5:15-16 reads, “And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power to prevail.” Be healed, my beloved. You have no idea how good it will feel!

Blessings,

Rev. Deanna