I am... Healed| Week 3: RELATIONSHIPS
Often we think of healing as only dealing with our physical issues; However, God is a wholistic healer and he also cares about hurts that occur within our communities. Sometimes, we hurt the ones we love and we injure those who are close to us without intent. Hurt people tend to hurt people and because of pain, that is being healed by God, tends to lash out and hurt those around. This is not because or hate, but because pain is irrational and despite best efforts it can be set off unexpectedly.
Sometimes the hurts can have a lasting impact later in life and can affect all other future relationships, but God does not want us to carry that pain. He wants us to have healthy and thriving relationships that though we may disagree or dislike each other, from time to time, we rely on the healing power of forgiveness to love each other.
God heals relationships because He knows that a healed relationship can be a beacon to others who are struggling with life. He wants us to take it a step further in healing though, by not stopping with loving your friends, but also extending love to our enemies as well as a sign that HE CAN heal ALL relationships.
Read and underline the verses on below in your Bible. Write any verses that jump out at you on some paper or a journal, so you don’t forget them.
Read and underline the verses on the following page in your Bible.
Matthew 5:23-24 (CSB)
23 So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
John 13:35 (MSG)
34-35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
Matthew 5:43-45 (CSB)
43 “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous
In your opinion, why does God want to heal our relationships?
Why should we try to reconcile to those who hurt us?
What would change if you more fully accepted and internalized that God can heal ALL relationships?
Take a few moments to reflect and thank God for being a wholistic healer.
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