Psalm 103:3

Psalm 103:3

who forgives all your sins

   and heals all your diseases,


. I used to have questions around heals all your diseases because I saw many friends and family members not be healed, at least not on this side of Heaven. Then I learned a little about Hebrew poetry. In this case the first line is the same as the second line. Our God who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases is a God who removes the disease of sin from our lives. He takes them away for ever. And shouldn’t we look at sin as a disease? Absolutely. Once it settles in and makes its place in our heart it holds us back in a way that sickness would. It consumes us and even leads us to dark places.


So when we read that God heals all of our diseases, we must also receive the big truth that all of our sin is covered, redeemed, healed. This one is hard as some choices, some sin, leaves scars, consequences that are unavoidable. Decades of unhealthy eating forgiven, but the heart disease remains. The choice to abort your baby is completely forgiven, but each year on what would have been her birthday, you remember, and ache. Forgiven? Healed? Yes.


The big message here is that all your sin is forgiven.


And David knew what he was talking about. He experience loads of forgiveness. Adultery, premeditated murder of one of the most loyal and highly skilled in his ranks, and the list goes on.


Your sin is forgiven. The Bible teaches that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart that Christ raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Salvation comes from Christ alone. And salvations from what? Salvations from death because of our sin. When our sins are forgiven, we experience the salvation that God offers.


So what happens when I don’t believe that all my sin is forgiven by God? Think about that. Do you have an area in your life where you continually beat yourself up devaluing your very existence?


When we let this become part of our life, we are in essence telling God that we know more than he does. We believe our sin is not worthy of being forgiven. And, more than this, we devalue our Creator. As God’s creation, he loves us so much to send His son to this earth in the form of a baby, to live a sinless life, and to die a horrific death, all to make the way for us to be in relationship with God. If we deny this, we are denying our Creator’s mercy, love, and necessary sacrifice.


The devil wants to keep us here. He wants to minimize Christ’s victory on the cross. He wants to put a wedge between us and God, to cause doubt, to make us think we are enough on our own. He wants to convince us that we are not good enough for God.

But God demonstrated his love for us, that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.


I can’t emphasize this enough. Our sin is forgiven, covered, healed – and it has nothing to do with us and everything to do with a loving God who said his creation is worth it. We are worth his sacrifice.


God, may we know this more deeply today than we did yesterday. May we say aloud, “thank you that I am forgiven, healed, and without the penalty of sin because of Jesus.”


Healthy Habit: God’s forgiveness extended to me was His idea for my benefit and HIs glory!




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