The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”
The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus at His baptism for these and other reasons. This being the case we can expect these to be included amongst the reasons for which He comes into our lives – for we are commissioned to continue the ministry of our Lord.
We do not have to search for the broken-hearted, the captives and the prisoners for they are all around us. They are hidden in the lives of those amongst whom we live, work and move. They are there with their silent screams and hidden tears and tortured spirits.
There are many things that have broken and still break our hearts and the hearts of others. There are a number of conditions that hold us and others in some form of captivity – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. And there are numerous ways in which we and others are imprisoned in a darkness within our spirits – where we are unable to see and receive all the wonder of God’s true reality and love.
This inner healing to those who are spiritually restricted and impoverished comes from God Himself. It comes into our lives and then through us into the lives of others. To the extent that we have known our own spiritual poverty, and have some experience of God’s love, understanding, gentleness and healing as part of our own journey, then we have a blessing that we can share with others – and some understanding of their hidden condition. Very few people are as they appear on the surface and we should allow God to reveal to us something of their truth instead of ignoring it.
Our Saving Lord desires to shine His Light into this darkness and will use us as His instruments. The fruit of the Spirit is the first blessing that we have to offer – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Then there is prayer – a prayer for God’s blessing in their lives.
Put some of God’s love in an outside pocket of your heart – and silently sow it around you during the day.
Father shine Your light within me, pour Your love into me, and grow Your fruit in me – so that others may see and receive and be blessed. Amen.