Key 3: Secure God’s Healing for Your Faults
All people have something about themselves they don’t like. Each of us has a tendency to focus more on our flaws and points of weakness than we do on our strengths. That’s just human nature. There are some things in life, though, that cannot be changed. For example, you can’t change the family into which you were born, nor can you change your race or physical stature. Certain physical weaknesses and/or disabilities cannot be changed. But when you face these unchangeable things about you that make you wonderful and unique, you’re wise to accept that in God’s infinite wisdom, it’s simply the way He created you.
Some things in life are unchangeable because of the world in which you live. For example, you may not be able to alter the fact that your parents are divorced or your children are involved in dangerous situations or destructive behaviors. But you can pray for the Lord to bring about healing in you and in your loved ones.
There are, however, elements of you, your personality, and your emotions that can be changed. For example, you may think that you’re jealous or prone to anger by nature. Let me assure you, envy and angry outbursts are acquired traits. You can ask the Lord to heal you of your jealousy and anger and help you to trust Him and others.
So how do you become healed in your emotions? First, you identify the character trait that you know is displeasing to the Lord and ask Him to forgive you for allowing this trait to develop. Second, ask Him to heal you of this tendency. Third, give Him permission to do whatever He needs to do in your life to make you whole. And finally, have faith that God is at work in your life and that He will make you whole in His timing and according to His methods.
God is merciful. He forgives, He heals, and He promises to enter any area of your life that you open to Him. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:23-24).