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Inner Healing and the Fruit of the Spirit

I have been puzzled about the subject of inner healing for some time. When I came to the Lord years ago, my primary reason was to get inner peace. Everything that I saw in the Bible pointed to being anxious for nothing and casting all of my care on the Lord in order to arrive at this. I never viewed freedom from worry, anger, unforgiveness and addictions as a special healing that occurred apart from a relationship of unconditional trust in the Lord. How can you be highly charged emotionally if you cast all of your care on Him? Peace seemed like a natural result of unconditional trust.

When I surrendered myself to the Lord, it happened. It worked beyond my wildest expectations. Since then I have been trying to understand the theology behind the process. I have never accepted the idea that peace is something that you pray for, and then it drops on you without humbling yourself before God. It is an integral part of our salvation and not some special healing.

I concluded that the things which keep us bogged down emotionally are the results of the law of sin that Paul speak of in Romans 7:14-8:2. He describes it as doing the things that we don’t want to do; and not doing the things that we should do. This is true of all of us, and the law of sin is the reason why our will power is insufficient to deal with our emotional issues. The Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-24) are the things that give us victory over the law of sin. They are observable in our emotional lives. We can psychologically experience the fruit in a very real way. Spirituality isn’t something theoretical. If going to church on Sunday is the extent of your spirituality, you are living way below par in terms of what is available in Christ.

Jesus Christ made inner healing available to us. His Spirit provides the boost that we need to be overcomers. The Holy Spirit is the comforter (parakletos), or one who is alongside to help us. This is the primary difference between Christianity and other religions which do not acknowledge the biblical God and His Son. Without them, we are on our own, and without strength.

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