“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law,” Romans 13:8, KJV.
In the midst of pain and turmoil many fall prey to depression, unforgiveness, and even hate. Some when they lose a loved one or suffer maltreatment from the world, especially to a malicious crime, embrace hate—the exact opposite of love. Although circumstances may seem to validate those emotions, it is not a fruit of the Spirit (reference Galatians 5:22).
How do we attain spiritual healing? What is it? Why do we need it? Spiritual healing is the mending of broken spirits…and the only being that can heal it is God. There are false prophets in this world claiming that they can heal people, but none of this is possible without the Holy Spirit. And in some cases where the healing doesn’t come to past, they’ll blame the individual for lack of faith. God has given to each individual a measure of faith (reference Romans 12:4). And then still some will use this passage of scripture: “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you,” Matthew 17:19-20. But just as some versions of the Bible omit verse 21 some people have a tendency to ignore it as well, “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
Let’s get one thing clear, God is not a puppet where He acts or submits to our beckon call. He is God, the One true and living God. He is the merciful God who is faithful to forgive us and the sovereign God who is independent of us. We are dependent to Him because we need Him. Even Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, understood submission to the Father. Recall what He said in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:39), “…O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
In knowing this we need to also understand that God will not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly (reference Psalm 84:11); it is your sins that have withheld good things from you (Jeremiah 5:25)—not God. Jesus came so that we can have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). He loves us and wants us to learn how to do the same. Despite the brokenness of our pasts, the pain and despair, God can heal it all. And for me, the best healing of all is death in Jesus Christ. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” 2 Corinthians 5:8, KJV.
“…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” So we mustn’t harbor unforgiveness, but walk in love. God gave us the best example and that is allowing the sacrifice of His Son on the cross to forgive our sin. Being that God can forgive us, why can’t we forgive others? When you truly accept Christ into your life, He changes your heart of stone into a heart of compassion. Hatred is no longer a consuming fire for you and unforgiveness melts away.
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law,” Romans 13:8, KJV. And that love we speak so often about is exemplified on the cross. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil,” Matthew 5:17, KJV.