Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We CAN Be Perfect-Part 3: Healing

This discovery of being able to become PERFECT has been exciting to me, so I hope you don't mind one more day.  Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2  to catch up if you haven't already.

Part 3-Healing.   My favorite definition of 'perfect' is found in 6 places in the New Testament. The Greek is 'kartartizo,' which means 'to mend (what has been broken or rent), to repair; make one what he ought to be. '  It is found in  Luke 6:40, Ephesians 4:12, 2 Corinthians 13:11, 1 Thessalonians 3:10, Hebrews 13:21, and 1 Peter 5:10  Each refers to the 'perfecting' of the saints.  In this chapter of Luke, Jesus is addressing the multitudes and his disciples.  He has been warning of not judging, being merciful, loving our enemies.  Then he states, 'The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.'  This  'perfect' is describing a state of being mended.  As do the other references.  God knows we are not without fault, no one is (Romans 3:23).  BUT-God wants to mend what is broken. 
    So many of us have come through great heartaches, crisis, disappointments and devastating life events that have affected who we are.    Anger, sorrow, bitterness, hatred and pride are Satan's tools to separate us from the One who can heal.  Jesus came to bind up our wounds (Isaiah 61:1).  His great love provides a soothing balm to mend and repair and to make us what we ought to be.  For my 3 year old granddaughter, a band-aid does wonders to soothe a hurt and make it better.  Imagine that Jesus has so much more.  He can reach into our hurting hearts, touch our aching souls, restore relationships, and give hope for that we do not see.  He loves us.  He wants perfection for us--which is to be bound to the very heart of God.
     Do you need that touch of perfection?  Tell me-I will pray and partner with Jesus for your 'mending.'

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Laura for sharing your heart for Jesus via this blog. I look forward to seeing where the Spirit leads your writing and drawing. Thank Casey for posting your link on Facebook. ~Diane Mann (Katie's Mom)