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Q: We sing “O Sacred Heart Now Wounded” as part of our learning on Healing and Comforting. This is not going to be a popular one with mainstream America. It’s not an issue with style of music but because there are phrases in it like, “For it was my transgression which brought this woe on me.” Words like this get to our sin and how Christ had to pay for that and propitiate God’s wrath. Isn’t that the opposite of what is typically sung, and even taught, in churches today?
A: Today, the popular evangelical saying is, “If you were the only person on earth, Christ would have died for you.” That is the wonderful, loving part. The other part, which I think is equally wonderful and loving is, “If you were the only human on earth, Christ still would have had to die for you.”
We talked about confession and it’s an area that is sorely lacking, especially among Protestants. We commit specific, intentional acts against God, his purpose, his laws, and the way that he intended us to act. We need to have a point where we can intentionally own up to that and to recognize that as a gift. Confession isn’t just the uncomfortable, awkward prelude to a time of grace.
If you could summarize all the healing and comforting posts into one point, it would be that God gives us these tools of prayer and confession as a means for us to experience healing. Healing isn’t simply a facet of bodily health. The body, soul, and spirit are connected together and when we become ill, we don’t give up our calling to be members of the household. We still act as members of God’s house and whether he heals us or not, we have an important role to play – both in holding others accountable and being held accountable – for demonstrating the grace of God.
So, confession and healing are both integral aspects of the grace of God.
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