Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. (Hosea 6:1)
Oh, beloved, the Supernatural Surgeon has work to do in our lives! His unwavering love for us will not let us stay as we are. No, His love demands that He wield the surgical scalpel of sanctification until we are perfectly conformed to the likeness of His beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
- He must bruise before He binds
- He must hurt before He heals
- He must remove before He rebuilds
- He must cut before He closes
No surgeon will set his scalpel to work and leave the wound open, allowing the patient bleed to death on the operating table. So how much more skillfully will the Great Physician open us up in order to cut away all that is diseased and malignant and unholy and then restore us to a healthy state where new, godly growth can take place? Fear not your current condition, Christian, for in due time the only One who can help and heal you will indeed do so.
Remember, the Law must always come before the Gospel. Without a sense of need, we will not look to the only One who will not only meet our need, but surpass it to overflowing. Regardless of where this message finds you today, be encouraged! Bring your wounds and weakness to your God, who stands ready to perform supernatural surgery and has promised not to stop until the work is done.
Perhaps you are wondering if He still stands ready to restore because you have strayed from Him. Do you not remember the parable of the prodigal son, which is recounted in Luke 15? While the repentant rebel was still far off, his father ran to him and restored him to his position as a member of the household.
Return at once to the One who waits for you with open arms! Let Him perform supernatural surgery on your wounds with a loving kindness that will heal you completely from the inside out.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!