Friday | 25 September 2020
Provision for healing

Jesus was unambiguous on the subject of forgiveness. He said that unless we forgive those who sin against us, we will not receive forgiveness from the Father for our sins. In other words, we will not obtain salvation as sons of God. Mat 6:14-15.

This truth can be particularly challenging for those who have experienced significant abuse, betrayal or treachery at the hands of others. The pain of these injuries can be very deep and enduring. As a consequence, the victim’s will, and capacity, to forgive the person who has sinned against them remains elusive. Indeed, it is elusive, because forgiveness is not a capacity that is native to us. It is a grace that we receive from Christ when we look on Him whom we have pierced, and join His travail. Luk 23:34. Eph 1:7.

The spirit of the world teaches that victims of abuse can find healing and closure by publicly exposing the deeds of the one who has defrauded them. This form of vengeance is presented as a means by which victims can overcome their sense of humiliation, and receive some form of identity verification through the approval, support and subsequent actions of others.

Obtaining closure through vengeance is often dramatised in film and television through the narrative of ‘good triumphing over evil’. This pursuit, as a means of resolution, is exemplified in current affairs programs that provide a media platform for victims to publicly humiliate and chastise their abusers. It is a form of retribution for the one who has suffered loss.

It is important that we distinguish this fallen approach that is promoted in the world from the provision for healing and genuine resolution that is only found in fellowship of Christ’s offering. Rom 14:13.


Further Study:
MATTHEW 18
Daily Proverb:

References:
Mat 6:14-15
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luk 23:34
Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots.

Eph 1:7
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Rom 14:13
Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way.
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