I Peter 2:20-25
But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Jesus is our soul keeper. The Bible mentions his wounds, but some still do not understand what exactly those wounds mean. It was his back; every time it was lashed deep wounds were forced into His flesh, each one of those wounds has brought us healing. Jesus bore our sins and we were healed by His wounds. Believing in your healing is believing in those wounds. What is it that heals our illnesses? It is His wound. Jesus did not insult or offered revenge when insulted. The Bible asks us to suffer for doing what we know is right, it does not ask us to suffer because we decided to take revenge on those who hurt us. It asks us to bear the suffering of not taking revenge on those who hurt us, even when it would bring instant relief to our suffering returning wrong for wrong and taking revenge on those who we think deserve it.
The Bible is not asking you to suffer because your parents got divorced. It asks you to suffer for doing good regardless, keeping always in mind that Jesus is our soul keeper. But can He really keep your soul if it still holds revenge desires in it?
What is really the relationship between not cursing those who curse us and being healed by His wounds? The answer is: no one who holds grudges against someone will be used to heal the sick. A person of such kind cannot be an instrument of healing. How could you heal a prostitute if you hold something against prostitutes? If you still hold resentfulness in your heart, how could you be a means of healing?
Let’s suppose that I hold something against any of you. Let’s think for a moment that I owe you money, you’re collecting what I owe you, and still, I resent the fact that you’re doing it. I’m holding something against you. Many Christians raise their hands in worship but inside they hold grudges against their in-laws, or any other relative. Jesus is my bishop, the one who safeguards my soul, and today I decide to heal my soul, that I may be an instrument of healing.
So, let’s deal with your soul. Healing someone requires a clean and pure heart; but you have to suffer to have such a heart. You have to lower your head and take humiliation, and at that very moment your soul hurts and cries, but at the same time, your soul gets tamed. Why would you like God to use you? Trust me; you need a pure soul for that. Yet I see some of you getting offended for almost everything, some of you even abandon your cell group, and even abandon church only to come back after a while. If you are so hard to please how can God use you to heal a person with cancer, or a person with a spirit of muteness?
Some people like to be called seers. We’re not talking about fortune-tellers, that is witchcraft. The true “seer” is someone who uses his or her gifts to bring souls to Christ; they declare Jesus as their Lord and Savior. What would a seer with hatred in his or her eyes see? If you come from another church, you can’t hold anything against someone from your former church. This church will provide you with the Word and the anointing to be healed from that. You have to be a person full of inner freedom to contemplate those around you. Some people come to me after hearing a rumor; they beat around the bush and start asking useless questions until they can hold it no more and end up coughing up what was really bothering them. Do you have any idea of how that feels?
There was this one time when my son came home and told me: “I got on the internet and I saw things about you that are not true.” Demons will do that to you so you stop doing good, but that’s when you have to start praying and blessing those that curse you. On some other time I heard of awful things that some brothers from church had said about me. I started praying and I knew that God was very upset for the things they had said. I knew it in my heart that He would cause damage upon them, so instead I asked Him to help their love grow. I did it so my ability to minister would not be sacrificed. How could I minister with a sick soul?
The first thing I want to say to you is: you may have a sickness because your soul is ill. I prayed for this woman once; her fingers were twisted with arthritis and, in the name of Jesus, she started to heal and her fingers went back to normal. God showed me that she had to forgive but refused to, so her fingers went right back to twisted fingers.
We can’t afford having sick souls. If you want to see healing, start tonight with your mind and soul. There is no better feeling than being hate free. You go around talking about the wrong you endured, how about the wrong you caused? You say everybody does things to you on purpose, but when you do something you don’t do it on purpose. Maybe the wrong someone has done to you was not on purpose but you thought it was because your soul is ill, so you go around blaming everyone for your sorrow; there’s no excuse for not healing your soul when God wants to use you. Even your eyes will look different; they will look pure, as bright as light. You have to want to be healed. How many of you today say: Pastor, I’m holding dark feelings inside my heart, but today I give them all up. What do you gain by holding resentfulness? You gain nothing but you lose a lot.
Secondly I want to ask you: What have you lost in your life? And the third one is: Does it make you happy having lost something? Do you live at ease? Does that memory play in your head over and over again? Take those burdens off you and promise yourself you won’t hold any grudges again. Say “Lord, it hurt, it still hurts, but today I’m really going to forgive.” It’s the only way God will really use you.