I never set out to talk about forgiveness. . . or healing.
I’m not a counselor. (I’m married to one, and parent to two, but I don’t think that counts!)
I don’t have all the answers.
I can’t hold up a formula that says, “if you just do X + Z, it’s going to equal Y”. And I don’t want to offer easy answers or quick formulas, because it diminishes a person’s pain and journey if we try to fit answers into a one-size-fits-all category.
But I talk about forgiveness and healing because I discovered Jesus’ mission statement.
It’s why Jesus came. He says so Himself.
Will you read it with me?
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
I get to talk about forgiving and healing and wholeness because you and I are the recipient of this Mission Statement.
This past year I dug deep into these verses. I wanted to know what they meant, and how to live them out. This is just a few of the things that I discovered.
We can have a Mended Heart because:
Jesus weeps with us when we mourn a great loss.
The power of the cross is not in what we do, but in what has already been done for us.
People are not God.
There is no one so broken that God can’t heal them, no matter what others might say.
These are just the beginning of what came out of this short passage. And if we were to hold on to these truths alone, we could find change.
But there’s more!
There were times that I knelt in a small prayer room in my city, studying, absolutely and utterly broken in joy as I took hold of what Jesus offers so freely.
That study became a book, The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places, and today I hold it out with open hands.
Can I tell you something?
I still don’t have all the answers. I still promise not to offer pithy statements. But what I do know is, that healing is hard work on our part, but when we partner with Jesus in the process there’s layers and layers of wholeness to discover.
My prayer is that you’ll fall in love with Jesus all over again as you grasp the depth of His sacrifice and love for you.
Will you consider reading The Mended Heart? Will you share it with a friend?
My hope is that this Mission Statement becomes truth for you, and that you then begin to pour out the same truth to others.
Releasing in March, 2014
Suzie would love to Skype in with your group for one meeting as you go through this study.