There is a prayer that I love. It is this:
As I work my way through A Course In Miracles, this prayer often comes to mind. This prayer is in its very base form. But Lesson’s 295 and 296 speak to this so very clearly.
The Holy Spirit looks through me today. ~ 295
The Holy Spirit speaks through me today. ~ 296
I was reading in the book of Matthew. Chapter 9.
The course says miracles are the vehicle to healing. We miss so much sometimes. The story in Matthew 9 is a familiar one to those of us who read the Bible. It is also familiar to almost anyone who attends a Christian church. ” Arise, take up your bed and go to your home.” God’s Son healed a man lame, paralyzed since birth. If we let go of the focus men before us have made the focus, and read all of this chapter with all importance and reverence, the story changes a bit. The miracle, the vehicle to healing here, is the fact that “The Son of Man has authority to forgive sin.” Truly in reading it over and meditating on it, it can only be the blasphemous statement that was the miracle. And it says as much; “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” Jesus, a man only in the pharisees eyes, did the healing brought about by that miraculous incredulous statement. For no man would say a healing was easier than speaking words. But Jesus was no ordinary man.
We say it all the time, Jesus, is the Son of God. And yet he says the Son of Man. Prior to the healing brought about by the miracle we read Verse 4 that says: But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?”
I read it and see, why do we think that man forgiving man is evil? Why do we see forgiving another being as not our job? But only God’s? Why do we refuse to remove the evil in our heart. Remember that those to whom He spoke believed Him not the Son of God, but a man, and a crazy one at that.
Those few verses are so powerful. We have the authority to forgive, but if we hold evil in our hearts, we do not forgive. We hold to the evil the pharisees held in their hearts, thinking evil in our hearts.
We are called to live as Christ lived. To forgive error and sin. That is the miracle that brings about the healing.
It says in this chapter that it was not the faith of the paralyzed man, but those who brought him that had the faith. And their faith, not the paralyzed man’s brought about the miracle of forgiveness and the healing of this man. That a man could forgive another man. That is the catalyst of this healing.
Forgiveness is the catalyst of all healing. To forgive what is not and could not any longer be there if we believe that Christ died for the sins of the “whole” world is healing we can do. To not forgive holds evil, to forgive extends love.
Earlier on in Matthew Jesus tries to tell us, “Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”
If we would be forgiven, we must forgive our fellow man his sins and errors against us. In Matthew 6:14 the focus is on the Lords Prayer, yet It is verses 14 and 15 that if we skip past them and don’t meditate on the whole meaning that we miss something vital that Christ tells us. “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
We can see what this evil in our heart does in many ways. In particular we can see in the world the stress, the “dis-ease”, caused by holding on to “not forgiving”, holding onto resentment and bitterness and evil in our heart. We see this physically in how our physical body reacts, we see this mentally in what it does to our minds, and most importantly we see this spiritually in our being that is more than our heart beat or the electro-chemical impulses in our brains.
God’s will for us, is not that we suffer as we did before His Son came into the world, but that we are healed, He told us how. He told us so many times. And it is what God sent Him to the world to do, and it is how much He loved us.
And yet would we still suppose to contain Him in the box of our knowledge, in the box of our fear. Who are we to limit God? We would be but a pharisee.
The Holy Spirit was sent to us to communicate and be our comforter. Would we be comforted or would we be controlled by an evil heart?
and so I end with what I started with….
I give You my hands to do Your work. I give You my feet to walk in Your ways. I give You my eyes to see as You see. I give You my tongue to speak Your words. I give You my mind that You may think in me. I give You my spirit that You may pray in me. I give You my heart that You may love in me.