Heal the Broken-hearted By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Topic: Heal the Broken-hearted
Matthew 11:25-30; Luke 4:1-19
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Jesus Christ was anointed to preach the Gospel to save the lost. The purpose of the anointing did not end there. He was anointed to heal the broken-hearted. He worked miracles like raising the dead to save people from situations that broke their hearts. He also spoke words of comfort to heal the broken-hearted. Tragedy and suffering render millions of people around the world miserable. Such people need the ministry of healing for their broken hearts.
People are often broken-hearted because of their state of sinfulness or the tragedies that befall them. Jesus Christ preached the Gospel to the poor and reached out to those who were broken-hearted. He lived in a troubled world and He did not ignore those who were broken-hearted, who came to Him for relief. The declaration of His mission in Luke 4:18-19 must have ignited hope in the people beyond imagination. The religious leaders of the day offered them nothing more than dead religion characterised by the laws and traditions of men, which made their condition worse.
The word “brokenhearted” in Luke 4:18 is the Greek word ‘syntribō’ which means broken to shivers. Those who are broken-hearted are sometimes damaged beyond repair by human standards. The word “heal” is the Greek word ‘iaomai’, which means to make whole. It takes only the power of God to make whole the broken-hearted. He had the power, knowledge and wisdom to comfort mourners and heal the wounded (Matthew 11:28-30).
1. Pray for the grace to heal the broken-hearted.
2. Pray also that in your actions and words, you’ll not cause people to be broken hearted.
“For This Purpose” by Eastwood Anaba
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