Let’s deal with our leprosy


Leviticus 13: 45
And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.

Leprosy was considered a sort of curse from God, of profound impurity. To be declared unclean because of leprosy meant that the unfortunate person had to tear his clothes and put a covering upon his upper lip and cry, “unclean, unclean.”

A leper is isolated from the society.
A leper is untouchable.
A leper is unrecognized and ignored.

In looking back, it isn’t always easy to see where we have gone wrong. At times, we need outside help to point out the error of our ways. Some habits are so ingrained, or we are simply unconscious to the harm our actions and words create, that the only way to wake up is for someone or something to shake us out of our slumber.

The Hebrew word for leprosy is tzara’at. It is related to the word that means trouble or affliction. Interestingly, tzara’at not only affected people; it could affect garments and buildings, too.

Some of the reasons for trouble and affliction in our lives are jealousy, anger, rebellion and domination that often results in great harm and destruction.

It isn’t easy to look in the mirror and see our own spiritual leprosy. If you do get a glimpse, don’t turn away in disgust or shame.
It’s high time for us to understand our true state and cry unto the Lord with repentance. Many of our characters are unclean, un sanctified natures are lying deep down in our hearts and souls.

Psalmist says: Search me O God and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting (Ps139:23,24)

Remember, underlying life is a river of love and compassion. As difficult as it might be to acknowledge what we have done and contemplate making amends, God is rooting for us to return, to be cleansed, to be whole and to start fresh going forward with no looking back.

Stay Blessed 😊
Ravi

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