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Healing is Linked to the Great Commandment

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2020

There are many Scriptures that say that God is love, and that we are created in His image.  Since we are created in His image, we too are to love.   Love what?  Love how?

The Great Commandment says,

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

I would dare say that most of us Christians don’t get the fullness of what that means.  We simply go through life one day at a time attending to whatever each day holds, getting things done on our to-do lists.  Our awareness of all that heady love stuff may not rank very high a lot of the time.  We get reminded of the Great Commandment at church, when the preacher decides to preach on it.  But for the most part, the Great Commandment isn’t “front and center” as though it were the do-all, end-all theme of our life.

However, that doesn’t negate the deep truth that lies in those words of the Great Commandment.  When something happens in our church that hurts badly, there is someone in the church who has distorted that deep truth.  Perhaps that other person did something that wounded your image of God.  Perhaps the event sent you off with a broken heart.  Or filled you with shame about who you are.  Or destroyed your hope.

Carol Merritt, in her book Healing Spiritual Wounds:  Reconnecting with a Loving God after Experiencing a Hurtful Church, says this:

“Spiritual wounds can be grouped into different kinds.  Each has a distinct path for healing…These paths are open to those who are open.” (pp 11-12) 

Open to what?  To finding a path to your own healing – by living the Great Commandment.  Merritt writes, “We practice loving God by healing our image of God.  We love ourselves by recovering our emotions, brokenness, and bodies.  We love our neighbors through regaining our hope…It’s a work that begins and ends with God.” (p 12)

Merritt is pointing out that finding your path to healing is a journey with many ups and downs.  It can take a long time.  But a case can be made that everything about it can be linked to something having been skewed about the Great Commandment.  What do you think about this?

Leave me a comment.

And remember, you’re awesome!  God holds you in the palm of His hand.

 

 

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