Daily Devotion, 01/19/2019, “Twin Mercies”
1 Peter 2:24 NIV
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Have you ever noticed how often forgiveness and healing are paired together in the scriptures? It happens so often that some refer to them as the “twin mercies of God” with the twin evils of the evil one being sin and sickness. Look at Psalm 103:1-3, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Luke 5:17-26 and James 5:13-16 and you’ll see the twin mercies of forgiveness and healing mentioned together again and again.
In our passage today, Peter writes that Jesus “bore our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live in righteousness.” When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for all of our sins…past, present and future…so that we can live without sinning. While that is true, it is a lifelong journey to get there and I don’t think we totally get there on this side of eternity. Throughout our lives, God works out the sinful tendencies within us while working in more of His holiness and righteousness. It was all paid for at one time on the cross but we appropriate the effects of it on our sin nature a little more each day over time.
It’s much the same way with our healing. All of our healing was purchased at one time on the cross. We are healed just as we are forgiven the moment we put our faith in what Jesus did to bear our sin and our sickness. While that is true, we have to walk out our healing as we pursue Jesus more each day and I don’t think we totally get there on this side of eternity. So, instead of questioning why your healing isn’t happening faster or in every facet of your body immediately, focus on pursuing Jesus. Work out both your salvation and your healing over time as you focus on more of Him and less of you. As you do, you will become more and more intimate in your relationship with Him which is the point I think. He could heal you and make you 100 percent holy in a blink but you’d miss out on the journey with Jesus that gets you there. You are loved!