WOW! Where do we begin? 2012 is turning out to be the most amazing year for the ministry. In the past two months we: have led 10 people to Jesus, helped dozens of people find freedom in Christ through Healing Rooms, opened two new Healing Rooms in Louisiana, had a lot of help completing some building projects on the residential side of our building, completed a new believers class, began a ladies bible study, held a women’s conference, became Regional Directors for the International Association of Healing Rooms over Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, and spent a week in California, at a well established Healing Rooms catching vision.
Since there is so much that has happened we’d like to do something a little different this month. We’re going to give you a short but powerful devotional on forgiveness and then end with some pictures showing you some of the things that have taken place these past two month’s. We hope you enjoy.
Keith and Cindi
In Healing Rooms Ministries we find a lot of physical healing occurs when a person forgives those who have hurt them emotionally, physically, or spiritually.
Jesus told the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. In this parable the servant is forgiven a great debt by his master but later refuses to forgive a fellow servant a minute debt. When the master is made aware of the situation he has the unforgiving servant “delivered to the torturers”. Then Jesus says, “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” Matt 18:35
Medical research has proven that people who don’t practice forgiveness are the ones who pay most dearly with medical and emotional problems like cancer, depression, and chronic pain. Doesn’t this sound like torture? But by embracing forgiveness, you embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy which help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
In John 20:23 Jesus explains we have the power to release or retain sin, but this is not the same as salvation, so when we exercise this power to forgive those who have sinned against us we release the effects of that sin in our lives.
It’s been said, “Not forgiving someone who has hurt you, is like drinking poison and expecting them to die.”
Forgiving isn’t excusing, forgetting or pretending that an offense never occurred, and it doesn’t mean you’re required to trust the person who hurt you.
Instead, forgiveness is a letting go of bitter, grudging, vengeful feelings that damage the offended and not the offender.
Are you struggling with unforgiveness? Is there an illness that you’re battling that may be the result of unforgiveness? Ask the Lord to reveal to you if there is someone you need to forgive and then from your heart forgive and then get ready to experience a new depth of freedom in Christ.