Perfection

January 21, 2018

“An interest in healing assumes this life matters” Frederick Gaiser

My journey in healing truly started in one of my Greek classes in college. We were interpreting the sermon on the mount which is found in Matthew 5 and came upon a verse that started to change my view on everything.

“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

When we studied this passage I learned that the word perfect was the image of completeness.

The image of being un-broken.

This image of being un-broken stems back to Adam and Eve. They were created complete.

Whole.

And that is how the Israelite people viewed humanity, and the wider community. The people of God viewed their humanity as a whole existence, rather than compartmentalizing their individual lives. When we get sick, we often go to the doctor and complain about our physical symptoms. We don’t usually get into all the stress we are dealing with, or our work anxiety, or the toxic relationship we are trying to navigate.

The people of God viewed illness and health as a wholistic experience. In Deuteronomy we see Moses speak to the people of Israel and give them the Shema, which is echoed as the greatest commandment in Matthew 22, by Jesus;

“37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Healing is the choice we make to live a life towards completion.

In our group we are going to be studying healing as an understanding towards the Gospel of completion. A Gospel that calls us loved, and through that love heals our broken lives. We are going to look at illness as a whole and how we relate to God when we, or others we love are suffering. We are going to look at Jesus’ healing ministry and how we fit into that story.

At the end of every group we set aside 20 minutes of silent reflection time. I print off questions to reflect on and this weeks questions were; what is your story and where have you seen God heal you in the past?

It is important to know your story for two reasons. The first is so that you can recognize where your wounds are within your story. Wounds are often broken parts of us done by other people, but wounds are also self inflicted. During your intentional reflection time, write down all the wounds you can think of, so that you can own your own pain.

The second is to see where God has healed us. This is incredibly important for our own faith journey. When did we first encounter God?

Next week we will be diving into Psalm 6, and discussing who we blame when we are ill and who God is during our illness.

Also here is the list of books I will be referencing and reading for this study. These are great resources for anyone who is interested in this journey.

Boundaries by John Townsend

Healing in the Bible: A Theological Insight for Christian Ministry by Frederick Gaiser

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

Miracles by Eric Metaxes

Power Healing by John Wimber

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

The Bible

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