Monday, October 13, 2014

God's Cure~

 We sit around the table, women of faith, women longing to hear and know God's voice.

As our time of prayer and sharing opens our evening together, a woman opens her heart and shares her need for prayer with the group.

What she is facing can be summed up in one word: cancer. Only, the cancer isn't ravaging her body, it is ravaging the body of co-workers where she is employed. Back-biting. Gossip. Dissension.

"I don't know what to do.  Pray God will show me if I am the one to stand up and say something about what is happening all around me."

Minutes later, another women shares her request and the same word comes tumbling out of her mouth.

"Pray for my work environment, too.  And yeah, the only word I can use to describe this one person who changes the entire atmosphere for everyone there is cancer.  I can tell she's not happy, and I've put myself out there to try and help her or listen to her, but she just walks away, always making me feel about this big.  I wish she could make peace with herself so she would be at peace with us."

I sit and listen as these sisters in Christ offer words of encouragement, words of compassion, words of Christ.

"I think God has placed you there to help bring light to this situation."
"Hurting people hurt people."
"God will give you the words to say."
"If God keeps nudging you to do something, He is speaking to you, and you should listen to His voice."
"Maybe God can use you to bring His peace into this situation."

I sit and listen and am reminded of words God spoke to my heart just the day before as I sat before Him, His Word open across my lap.

Try to live in peace with all people, and try to live free from sin. Anyone whose life is not holy will never see the Lord. Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace and begins to cause trouble among you. A person like that can ruin many of you.
~Hebrews 12:14-15 (NCV)

The answer is right there, penned in the pages of God's Holy Word years and years ago.

Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace.
The cure for this kind of cancer is God's grace.

Once we have tasted His grace,
once we have known His forgiveness,
once we have experienced His unconditional love,
once we have felt His Spirit wooing us to Him,
once we have received His mercy,
once we have knelt at His feet and then, been made whole again through His redeeming grace,
we no longer feel the need to 
criticize and condemn,
nit-pick and judge,
gossip and back-bite,
hurt others because we are hurting,
prove ourself,
bring attention to ourself,
be a cancer to those around us.

We find our healing in the ocean of God's grace and we are never the same again, 
unless we allow this cancer to continue.

Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace and begins to cause trouble among you. 
A person like that can ruin many of you. 

Cancer isn't content to stay neatly contained in one cell, in one small area of tissue, in one gland, in one area of our body.  Given the chance, cancer will spread like wildfire, touching and contaminating all that was once healthy, vibrant, and good.

If we fail to share God's grace,
if we simply sit back and do nothing,
if we turn our eyes, turn our heart, turn a deaf ear,
if we allow this cancer to continue,
we are in jeopardy of becoming a cancer ourself.

God's grace.
Amazing, life-changing, heart-transforming, grace.

This has always been and will always be the cure for the cancer of sin.

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