Healing the Sin-Full Soul

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Today’s Text: Psalm 38

Friends, we’re a sick bunch.

The world is moving faster and faster each day, and it’s getting easier and easier for us to become distracted from our afflictions.  In a world with online doctors, it’s easy to get a quick diagnosis for each physical scrape, bump, and ache.  It’s almost just as easy to find some pill or therapy to “fix” each ailment.

But when it comes to our souls, friends, can we do the same?  When was the last time you took inventory of the health of your soul?

A sick soul is a sin-full soul, and each of us has one.

In Psalm 38, you can see David on his knees facing his sickness, his sins, head on.  He makes no excuses as he names each and every one of his sins and lays them out for the Lord to examine.  David knew something that we often forget–if you don’t name your sins, they can take root deep in your soul.

Unlike our physical health, our soul health can be more daunting to address and maintain.  There are no pills to cure us, no surgeries to fix us.  We have to look outside of the clinics and pharmacies.  We have to fight through a culture that sometimes tells us it’s all in our heads.

It can be overwhelming, and we can be easily discouraged.  Our sins can isolate us from others because we can’t see past them.  Like David, we can become paranoid that others lay in wait, hoping to trap and expose us.  Over time, it can seem that we are so sick, we may never recover.  We can be discouraged, and we will forget how to move through the darkness.

Friends, don’t lose hope that we can find relief.

God did not bring us to this place of poor health, but he can bring us through it.

We are children of a mighty and loving Creator who loves us and wants to help us through our troubles if we only ask him.  We must surrender our sicknesses to Him who can provide us with the only healing that can cure our souls.  We need to take responsibility for our sins and acknowledge our inability to be made whole without His mercy.  We need to recognize that our sins are more than simple mistakes, but instead are offenses against the very one who loves us most.   Our imperfect will rebels in the face of our Beloved, and yet He still shares his perfect grace with us.

As we continue to journey toward the cross this Lent, let’s remember to take time to surrender our sins to the only one who can help us become whole.

Friends, we’re a sick bunch–but we can have hope

 

This post was written as an exercise for #SheReadsTruth, an online community of women spending time together each day in the Word.  During the season of Lent, the community is being challenged to spend time researching and reflecting on specific text that will culminate weekly with a devotional shared with the entire community to supplement the Lenten devotionals prepared by the #SheReadsTruth team.

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Author: angel[a]

I am a woman with a passion to explore, discover, and create. I currently work in higher education but also have a love for all things music, cooking, and baking. I write about an eclectic mix of things to include my faith, field of work, interests, life events, etc.

10 thoughts on “Healing the Sin-Full Soul”

  1. Am so great full for that hope, for the way God allows us to come before him in confession and receive complete forgiveness. Thanks for your post and the clarity it has brought.

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  2. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:18-21 ESV)

    Thanks for your wonderful devotional. Praising God also for 1 John 1:9 after reading this. So reminded of a friend who talked about one day a week being set aside for ‘house cleaning of the soul’ – ie intentionality around confession. Praise God, Jesus came to bind up our wounded, sinful souls.

    Bless you!

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