The Lord has good news for those of you who have been feeling like you have a case of spiritual ‘pins and needles’! Perhaps you have felt a little spiritually numb, even a little lifeless and that you now feel like somehow you aren’t a joined-on part of the body.
Physically, these feelings can occur when a limb is cramped by the weight of the rest of the body. And so it has been for those of you who feel oppressed in this way. The weight of expectation – from others and even from yourself – has been leaning heavily on you and has restricted the lifeflow through your veins.
But relief is not hard to come by, says the Lord. ‘You are still part of the body, you remain joined.’ Do not cut yourself off to try to stimulate blood flow. Instead release yourself from under this weight of expectation. Take your burdens to the Lord and receive the relief of His forgiveness. Release forgiveness to others, so that their weight no longer squashes you.
Now, feel the life come back. It is time to start to flex again. Good news! Praise God!
Colossians 3:13, 15
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. […] Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.