What do we mean by healing? It is the abundant life Jesus promised in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full…” and includes initial and ongoing defeat of sin.
Sin is failing to meet God’s standard. Sin destroys, sin hurts, and sin breaks people. As God is doing His transforming work in us, we experience initial and ongoing defeat of sin in our lives. It is an ongoing process, but we should be also expecting victory.
But what God is after isn’t just the absence of sin, but the fullness of life that can only come from an intimate relationship with Jesus. A relationship that enables us to actively reflect the character of God:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The positive expressions of a life in Christ.
The Apostle Paul discusses ongoing inner transformation in 2 Corinthians 4:16…
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
This passage in context refers to the fact that though we are physically weak, as evidenced by the struggles in the physical life, spiritually we are being transformed and changed day by day, reflecting more of what God wants IN us and FOR us. How is this so?
The more God untangles the confusion we bring to Him, the more effectively we can hear Him and experience growth and transformation – it is increasing renewal.