Summary: The third step in the biblical process of Healing the Hurts You Don’t Deserve

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Healing the Hurts You Don’t Deserve:

The Healing Path

Scripture Reading: Matt. 18:23-35, Matt. 6:12

It sounds like something out of a horror movie,

but it’s real.

In recent years,

scientists have discovered a kind of bacterial infection

called necrotizing fasciitis,

more commonly called “flesh-eating bacteria.”

Once this bacteria enters a human body,

it can multiply rapidly.

Within 24 hours, its victim begins to experience

flu-like symptoms, severe thirst, and an extreme weakness.

Within 3-4 days, the limb, or area of the body most affected, will begin to swell, and dark blisters filled with blackish fluid will appear.

At 5 days, the victim’s blood pressure wil drop severely and he or she will go into toxic shock.

If it’s not discovered early,

and treated quickly and aggressively,

it can consume a person’s health and well-being

from the inside out

and, eventually, take that person’s life.

Now, I know there’s one or two people here who, when you hear describe that bacteria, think, I’m feeling a little queasy right now. . . And you’re starting to worry that you might have it--but don’t worry, I won’t mention any names, JASMINE ISAACS!

But I know there are others among us who are breathing a sigh of relief, thinking to yourself, I may not be the healthiest person in the room--that would be Bob Holzworth--but at least I don’t have some bacteria eating away at me from the inside out! Right?

Well, don’t be so sure.

Oh, I don’t think any of us have to worry about necrotizing fasciitis. It’s fairly rare, probably less than a thousand or two cases a year.

But necrotizing fasciitis has its parallel in the spiritual realm,

and just like its physical counterpart,

this spiritual affliction can fester and grow, and

if it’s not discovered early,

and treated quickly and aggressively,

it can consume a person’s spirit and soul

from the inside out

and, eventually, rob that person of his or her

spiritual life and vitality.

I’m talking about the hurts that live inside you,

the personal, emotional, relational wounds,

the result of

something someone said,

something someone did,

something someone neglected to do.

And those hurts--

the hurts you don’t deserve--

if they’re not confronted and treated

and healed,

can eat away at your heart

and spirit

and even affect your physical well-being.

Good morning. My name is Bob Hostetler, and

this morning at Cobblestone Community Church we’re in the third week of a four-week series of messages from the Bible, entitled “Healing the Hurts You Don’t Deserve.”

Two weeks ago, we studied John 5,

and discovered step one in the healing process,

and that is “The Healing Choice,”

choosing healing over hurt.

Last week, we looked at John 11,

and discussed “The Healing Power” of comfort,

and the necessity of receiving comfort from God and from others as another important step in the healing process.

This morning, we’re going to look

at a story Jesus told in Matthew, chapter 18,

as we direct our attention to the third step in “Healing the Hurts You Don’t Deserve.”

So let me ask you to turn in your Bibles please to the Gospel of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, as we concentrate on Matthew 18:23 35.

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