Healing is Splendid

Healing is ours

A Christian young lady sent me this banner (Healing is ours my words) today saying she is struggling with tongue issues. She was wondering about cause. Could a bitter heart cause one to say things they didn’t think about before a deluge of spite became her photo I wondered?

“Make sure that no one misses out on God’s wonderful kindness. Don’t let anyone become bitter and cause trouble for the rest of you.” (Hebrews 12:15)
Pastor John Piper wrote on this issue, “…the book of Hebrews deals with repeatedly — professing Christians who think they are secure because of some past spiritual experience or some present association with Christian people. The aim of Hebrews is to cure Christians of presumption, and to cultivate earnest perseverance in faith and holiness. At least four times it warns that we must not neglect our great salvation but be vigilant to fight the fight of faith every day lest we become hardened and fall away and prove that we had no share in Christ (Hebrews 2:33:12–146:4–710:23–29).

It’s summer time and maybe vacation time for some. As I pack my daily leisure bag I’m wondering what tools have I packed to travel with? Do I have angry, grudges plus size? Have I packed poisonous and foul deodorant left in bag from years passed? Deuteronomy 29:18 gave me this thought and check?
Flowers are beautifully blooming, birds of various colors and sizes birthing and singing and showing their beauty. Butterflies and bees galore dancing and fluttering about. All saying to me the Creator of all has splendid healing for YOU and YOU!

5 thoughts on “Healing is Splendid

  1. Thanks for sharing “the Christian young lady’s…banner” and wonderings about the cause. This, coupled with your words, scriptures and other quotes, surely makes for some soul searching and refection. There were many warnings, yet much hope in your words.

    I thought of a retreat book you wrote, Sara, which addressed a bitter heart/root that parallels much of what you write here. I looked in the book where I thought the info may be and found it in, “Designs of One’s Heart – The Four Seasons – Hearts Are Seasonal Much Like the Four Seasons”. It was in the “Winter Tells Us” chapter. How appropriate, I thought, to these words in the blog, “Could a bitter heart cause one to say things they didn’t think about before a deluge of spite became her photo I wondered?” Words coming from our own mouths telling us…??
    You may not have “packed poisonous and foul deodorant left in bag from years passed” in this chapter, but you did direct our attention to some “stinky onions” and a petunia that ought to smell good. I found words in this chapter helpful to review, along with all that is written in the blog.

    Here are some excerpts: “Solomon, a man of great wisdom says, “As in water face answers to and reflects face, so the heart of man, to man.” Proverbs 27:19 AMP As you look in God’s face do you see your face? What do you see? It goes on to say in Proverbs, “For a man is judged by what he praises and of what he boasts.” Proverbs 27:21 AMP So we can judge ourselves by speaking what we see in that pool of refection. In other words, what kind of person are you? What is your true character? What is the reflection saying to you?….. Do you see and smell the fragrance of a petunia? …Are your prayers a sweet aroma to the Lord?… Or do you say, “I’m just a lonely little petunia in an onion patch?”… Let’s never boast about being that lonely petunia…and because of all the circumstances around me, all those stinky onions, I can’t have a sweet fragrance. The disciples slept rather than prayed. You know, if you’re sleeping when you should be praying, I want to tell you something, you should watch out! Because the Word of God says, “Watch out, lest a root of bitterness spring up.” Hebrews 12:15. Well, you know we’re in the mountains and it is said that in the Rocky Mountains that Bitter Root grows quite well, there. Are your brooding over a hurt or an offense? Have you given another your disease, allowing a bitter root to spread? Roots of bitterness follow us; anger, hostility and bad attitudes. They have come to rob us of our joy and peace. “

  2. The footnotes for Hebrews 12:15 from the NIV says: “Like a small root that grows into a great tree, bitterness springs up in our hearts and overshadows even our deepest Christian relationships. A ‘bitter root’ comes when we allow disappointment to grow into resentment, or when we nurse grudges over past hurts. Bitterness brings with it jealousy, dissension, and immorality. When the Holy Spirit fills us, however, he can heal the hurt that causes bitterness.”

    1. So thankful for the Holy Spirit! Tammy”s footnotes say, “When the Holy Spirit fills us, however, he can heal the hurt that causes bitterness.” Yes, healing is ours! Healing is Splendid!

      1. Debi brings to our attention a fire found in Proverbs, “For a man is judged by what he praises and of what he boasts.” Is this a seed that has potential to produce a bitter root from Tammy’s footnotes? Come and heal our hurts Holy Spirit. You didn’t tell us to deny our hurts and You didn’t tell us to counsel others to deny they have been hurt and wounded. Your comforting love, grace and mercy can heal the hurt that plans to cause us to be bitter. Brings this truth to us and others that You want to heal us. We desire not to harm ourselves or others. We have been deeply hurt and we receive your healing. We receive healing and share with others healing can be yours. Amen

  3. Sara you asked, Is this a seed that has potential to produce a bitter root from Tammy’s footnotes? I would say yes, because what we praise (praise defined as “express warm approval or admiration of.”) and boast (one definition, “to speak too proudly or happily about what you have done or what you own:”) is what we are focused on…we have bought into it.
    So, if we are attentively absorbed with, as Tammy’s footnotes say, “disappointment” which grows into resentment, or when we nurse grudges over past hurts. “ than the judgement of that focus comes upon us and we reap the harvest…a bitter root that “brings with it jealousy, dissension, and immorality”.

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