“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jer. 17:14, NIV).
Yesterday we talked about the beautiful heart of our Abba Father. If you read it and found yourself with a block keeping you from relating to God as Daddy, this post is for you. If your heart cannot yet see Him as a gentle Papa, then He wants to heal you so that you can.
When our earthly fathers have not modeled for us the tenderness of God, then it becomes extremely difficult for us to relate to that aspect of His nature. However we perceived our fathers as we grew up, is how we will naturally have come to perceive God, our ultimate paternal authority figure.
If your dad was impatient, harsh, and demanding, you will find yourself cringing when you try to draw close to your heavenly Father. You will imagine Him unhappy with your imperfect attempts to obey Him. This, dear one, is so immeasurably far from who He really is. He wants to restore you, so that you can see Him correctly.
Let’s revisit 1 John 4:18 as we look into this concept. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (NKJV). One way to measure how healed you are, is to evaluate how much fear still resides in your life. When the perfect love of God has completely permeated your being, there will be no fear left.
The phrase here, “not been made perfect in love” is not a chastising one. It does not refer to moral failure. Nor is it describing someone who struggles intensely with sin and therefore has fallen miserably short of being perfect. Rather, the word “perfect,” teleios in the Greek, means “mature or complete.” The person who lives in fear has not yet been made complete by love. She or he has not yet been restored to wholeness.
Similarly, the Old Testament word “restore,” shalam in Hebrew, means to make whole or complete. It comes from the well-known noun shalom, which in its most basic form means “peace.” Daddy longs to make us complete in His peace! However, we can dig even deeper, as shalom has a much more extensive translation. This exquisitely rich word includes the meanings, “completeness, wholeness, health, peace, wellbeing, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.”
Wow! Think on that! So when Holy Spirit tells us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6), this means that He is
- The Prince of Completeness
- The Prince of Wholeness
- The Prince of Health
- The Prince of Wellbeing
- The Prince of Safety
- The Prince of Soundness
- The Prince of Tranquility
- The Prince of Prosperity
- The Prince of Fullness
- The Prince of Rest
- The Prince of Harmony
- The Prince Who Eliminates Agitation and Discord!
And what wonderful news we find in the next verse! “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” (v. 7, NKJV). In other words, in every heart where King Jesus has established His government, shalom is going to be constantly on the increase! Wholeness, completeness, wellbeing, harmony, and all the rest, are going to be growing ceaselessly inside of that person!
Dear one, if you have not yet been made complete in God’s love, you have come to the right place. If you were scarred by fathering that left your heart starved for affection and nurturing, the Prince of Peace is ready to restore you. He yearns to make you whole with His perfect love. He is pleading with you, Please, please do not resign yourself to living broken. He didn’t shed His precious blood for you to remain incomplete, hurting, and plagued by fear. He purchased wholeness for you, pouring out His everything to heal you. Run into His arms and let Him begin your restoration process today!
If this post rings true for you, I would urge you to aggressively seek out means to your healing. Find a ministry that can help you walk through the steps towards wholeness. The Sozo Network and Elijah House are excellent ministries that have connection points all over the world for the purpose of ministering to the broken. Healing Streams has a website full of wonderful, free resources for your healing journey. Check one of them out, and/or read one of these books!
Prayers that Heal the Heart, by Mark and Patti Virkler
Healing for Damaged Emotions, by David Seamands