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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Month
If you're anything like me you have keepsakes stored in a box. You know the whereabouts of the box. You know its contents are valuable. But true sentiment lies dormant until once again you hold near what is dear. The same is true for familiar Bible verses. We know where they are. We know they are meaningful. But until we "take them out of the box" we forget their sovereignty.
Today lets hold a keepsake up to the light and appreciate anew the brilliance of its promise and power.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison doors to those who are bound (Isaiah 61: 1).
I see four facets of a priceless jewel:
- Salvation- God sent His only Son to give us something we do not have to strive for--eternal life through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. (Good news!)
- Healing- In addition to eternal life, Christ desires to heal our broken hearts. (Hope and healing.)
- Confession- Under no condemnation we are free to confess our sins (and our sinful reactions to betrayal and abuse.) Here, survivors willingly embrace a journey where liberty is received over the emotions and destructive patterns that hold them captive. (Liberty.)
- Reconciliation: We are pardoned for sins committed against God, neighbor, and self. Christ opens the prison doors of "those who are bound." In time, we are empowered to forgive as Jesus commands--from the heart. (Forgiveness.)
As surely as Jesus insists that forgiveness come from the heart, He is intent on healing that same heart when it's too broken to forgive. Do you know what this means? It means that what happened to you matters a great deal to Him. But if you refuse to acknowledge the pain--and how you cope with it, you'll miss the beauty of this priceless truth. And the truth is, if Jesus appeared today He wouldn't be standing in a corner, tapping his foot, waiting for you to hurry up and forgive. Can't forgive TODAY? Relax.
Just two days ago, I found myself weary and a little angry with God. When I mentioned this to two sister-friends a look of concern came over their faces as if to say, "You shouldn't be mad at God. It's irreverent." Without hesitation, I replied, "It's okay to be mad at God. He's big, and He can take it." My comment gave way to gentle smiles.
The light from each of the four facets of this priceless jewel pierces my weariness and exposes the source of my anger: lack of control. Always, always, a lack of control.
What do YOU see?
Published on Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 8:13 AM CDT