Mar23TueMedicine For The Soul March 23, 2021
As we strive to be a healthy community of believers, we’ve learned how to accept each other, support, and submit to each other. Confessing our shortcomings to each other takes a deeper step in the relationship. Sadly, that rarely occurs, yet that may be the very medicine we need for our soul.
The world may have groups like Alcoholics Anonymous which allow cathartic experiences to help many find some degree of recovery. However, without a relationship with God, no amount of regret that they may feel for past actions will produce true salvation of their soul. I’m glad the Bible does have prescriptions to heal our hurts.
2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”
God loves to see His children enjoying the company of one another. His Spirit gives us peace. Unfortunately, we live in a world without much peace. When we have had someone say or do wrong to us, we can feel the peace be replaced with hurt, anger, resentments, and many other negative emotions.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger“ and Psalm 4:4 says “Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.” These verses tell us we need to stop and reflect on our relationships.
I know how busy many people are. By the time the day ends and our head hits the pillow, we are out cold in no time. If that’s the case, maybe find sometime earlier in the day where you can stop and quietly search your heart to see if there is any relationship that needs mending.
Watch some children play together and see how quickly they can clear the air and move back to the fun of life. As adults, we often have to “give it some time.” However, don’t wait too long to clear the air.
If someone has offended you and you sense anger building, remember Proverbs 19:11 “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense”
If you offended someone, remember James 5:16“confess your sins to one another.”
As we reunite to be a healthy community of believers, we will likely always be healing from someone or something. I remember once hearing that the Church is to be a hospital for sinners, not a hotel for saints. The longer I live, the more I see how true it is. May we be a community that gives what each other needs.
Lord, help me to be “medicine for the soul” in someone's life today.