Read Psalm 103:8-13
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
- Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
One morning I heard a story on the radio about a man whose right arm had been amputated some time earlier. However, he still suffered something called “phantom pain.” Though his physical arm was not there, the patient’s brain still remembered the pain and sent out pain signals. The doctor retrained the patient by having him face a mirror and tell his brain that his right arm was gone. Over the course of therapy, the patient got better and eventually was free of the pain. I can relate to that man’s predicament. After I accepted Christ as my personal Savior, my sin and its penalty were gone. Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Yet after I became a Christian I did not always feel forgiven and free. I still suffered guilt and self-condemnation. This is a kind of phantom pain too. This story on the radio challenged me to face myself in the mirror of God’s word. (See James 1:23.) As 1 John 3:20 tells us, “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts.” As we come to believe that, we can be healed from phantom pain and guilt and be set free to walk in grace. Read more from Tracy on The Upper Room blog today.
Tracy Hsu Jensen
Thought for the Day: What vestiges of sin and guilt do I need to release into God’s love?
Prayer: Almighty God, help us to remember that even when we feel guilty and worthless we can be set free by your grace. Amen.
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