Isa 19:23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria-a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance" (NKJV).
Monday, October 4, 2010
Healing of the Human Heart
God's miraculous love heals not only the hurts of the human body but also the cries of the human heart.
JESUS DID NOT REJECT THE WOMAN. Art by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1890.
Destructive relationships bruise the human heart. The heart stores the pain of these wounds deep in the memory, even for a lifetime. The Good News is Jesus brought forgiveness for sins and healing for the whole heart, mind, body, and spirit. His sacrifice is complete.
We can hear Jesus tenderly ministering healing to the Samaritan woman at Jacob's Well by showing her he knew her past.
“Go, call your husband
and come back.”
“I have no husband,” she replied.
“You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is quite true” (John 4:16-18 NIV).
The women who suffered the torment of unstable relations with five husbands is more than surprised. In fact, she is shocked. Jesus did not reject her.
As he talks with her, Jesus promises her springs of living water welling up to eternal life. He admits to the woman that he, indeed, is the Messiah. She, in turn, proclaims this to the townspeople, and they all come to believe in him.
Mary and I shared the healing news of Jesus with members of our prayer group in Philadelphia. Around a flowery tablecloth at the suburban kitchen table of one couple, we chatted away one evening, sharing our wondrous experiences in the Lord.
However, every time I began talking about God's work, the attentive, curly-haired wife strangely started to tear.
"What's wrong? Are you ill?
Do you have pain?"
She only burst into tears, wiping her eyes, unable to speak. The tears flowed. I didn't understand.
"No," smiled her husband broadly, a bit more perceptive than I.
"She loves your talk about the Lord." The streams of living water flowed in their hearts that evening.
On the beach Jesus re-affirmed Peter three times to heal Peter's three denials.
“Simon, son of John, do you truly love me?”
“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” (Peter replied.)