Don’t Lose Your Joy

To be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. My problem is I often read several books at a time. I have always done that. I am a bit of a book-aholic. Even at thrift stores I look at books. I especially enjoy the collection of short stories you can find there for they are not my normal genre.

I want to share a story with you I found in a fifty cent paperback called Christmas in Our Hearts by Charles Allen and Charles Wallis. This is a paraphrase but I want to give credit to the author. 

A pastor in the Midwest had a woman come to him for healing. She had exhausted all medical venues. There was nothing more that could be done medically. She had a severe limp. She asked him to pray for her that she might be healed.

He said that he would only pray that she would get close to the Lord. “Don’t pray about anything else,” he told her. She prayed and they prayed several times together. Still she continued to limp.

One day she came to the pastor and confessed that she had been convicted of a wrong spirit she had against another person. She felt she should go in love to that person and make things right. However, she kept putting it off. Yet as she continued to pray that she would be closer to the Lord, she felt more convicted that she had to face this. She made things right with that person and continued to pray for a closer relationship with the Lord. Shortly thereafter, she began to walk without  a limp.

To me this is the simplicity of sanctification. Don’t let unforgiveness cripple you and interfere with a close relationship with the Father.

James 1: 17 tells us:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Could the very thing you are seeking come from a closer relationship with the Father? Is unforgiveness keeping you from receiving? That is a high price to pay.

This is a season of great joy. Don’t let the “right to be right” steal your joy. Love unconditionally as the Father loves us.

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