GLOW: Here to Heal

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
–Matthew 5:14-16 NLT

Have you ever received healing? Maybe you’ve seen physical healing as the result of prayer. Maybe you’ve found mental or relational healing through therapy or medication. Maybe you are still in the middle, waiting for healing to come.

As we learn what it means to be the light of the world, we are not only the one who have been healed, we are now the healers.

Jesus illustrates this truth in the exorcism of the Gerasene demoniac, also known as the Miracle of the Gadarene found in Luke 8:26-39. There is so much to this story but our focus today is on one verse:

“Go back home and tell people how much God has done for you.” So the man went all over town telling how much Jesus had done for him.
–Luke 8:39

It can be so hard to go back home. There is history that isn’t always fun to revisit. There are experiences that different people remember differently. There are personalities and emotions and opinions. There are different versions of yourself that you want to leave behind.

But could it be that God wants to do a greater work through you than for you? Maybe you need to go back home to be the light. To heal a relationship as God has healed you. Do you need to go create home again because, like the demoniac, you have lived in a cave for a long time? Who is it that you need to go back to?

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
–2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV

Reconciliation in a relationship does not mean restoration of that relationship but it does mean to make peace in the relationship. This requires wisdom, courage and commitment. It is hard but it is worth it. It is also what God has called us to do to be a light in this world.

For more on relationships you can watch or listen to the entire message from Pastor Naeem.

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