MGHM Healing Brief, 12/09

Forgiveness and Healing

God’s blessings will only flow through an open "pipeline"--and most of us are experts at keeping our pipelines clogged with sin. The barriers aren’t usually "major" like adultery or murder. More often they’re habits such as gossip and grudge-bearing--things that are accepted as perfectly natural in today’s feel-good churches, not really sinful at all.

But a grudge will stop the flow of God’s blessings as effectively as murder or adultery. Why? Because God won’t bless anything that goes against the Law of Love. If He did, He’d be building us into our sinfulness--rather like giving twenty-dollar bills to a drunkard.

"If you do not forgive"

Consider Mark 11:25-26 (Amplified Bible):

And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.

In short, if we want mountain-moving prayer power from God and His Word, we’ll just have to let go of all those hurt feelings, resentments, grudges, and bad attitudes.

Punishing yourself

Some of our hoarded resentments are absurdly trivial: the time Uncle Ralph poked fun at your hairdo; the time Aunt Hazel criticized you for spending half your life on the phone, and so on. On the other hand, some of us have been horribly victimized, and our first thought is apt to be, "Surely you don’t expect me to forgive that?" 

But the truth is, dear one, that if you hang onto any grudge--no matter how justifiable in the world’s eyes--you’re simply punishing yourself all over again. If you’ll just make up your mind to "let it drop," the Holy Spirit will show you what to do, and give you the power to do it well.

A good starting-point is to ask the Spirit whom you need to forgive, and for what. You’ll be surprised by the length of the list. Then, when you’re satisfied that the list is complete, you can take it to the Lord and expect Him to help you "let it all drop":

    We can be confident

"Lord, I come before You today to do some forgiving. I’ve held a grudge against Uncle Ralph for twenty-four years. I confess this grudge as a sin, I forgive Uncle Ralph unconditionally, and I ask You to forgive me for my unforgiving heart."

Forgiving someone’s offenses doesn’t mean we’ll be best buddies with the offender, or that we have to present ourselves for yet another kick. But it does mean that we must work with the Holy Spirit in getting all the rancor, bitterness, and vengefulness out of our minds and hearts.

And when we’ve topped off the process by receiving forgiveness for our own sins, we can be confident that our "pipelines" are ready for the power of God to flow.

                                                                                     Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every wayspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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