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Healer and Redeemer

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His bene- fits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:2-5)

God wants the best for us, and He wants us to be whole— complete—without blemish. Not only that, but He wants every part of our lives to bring Him glory, and so He redeems even our mistakes so that the accuser (Satan) would have no case against us.

Think back to Genesis, to creation. Think of its perfection. Think of its beauty. Think of its wonder. Close your eyes and just imagine it for a moment. Get a picture of it in your head. Now think that you—yes you—are part of that creation. You were created to give God glory by your very existence, by your beauty, by your wonder, by your perfection.

We were made in the image of God Himself, made by His own hands, yet somewhere along the line our image has shifted from that of our Creator to the image of this world. The things of this world, both good experiences and bad, our relationships, our culture, the media, and so much more have shaped us and formed us away from the image of God. Over time, we’ve come to look less and less like our Creator. The aching and longing we have inside is because we are no longer as we were made to be. And in our emptiness, we search for anything that will help us to feel that purpose, that wholeness and completeness, that beauty and wonder and majesty again.

But God is a master at His work. And, as it says in Revelation, “He makes all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) When He is finished with us, we will be made again in His image, and there will not even be any evidence that we ever looked like anything else. That is what it means to be sepa- rated from your sin as far as the east is from the west. There won’t even be evidence left of your blemishes.

Ephesians 5:25-27 says that “Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” He’s making us perfect once again.

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