…Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust – Matthew 5:44-45

Someone once said “It appears God, in His fierce anger against those who are not saved, brings painful experiences such as poverty and sickness on them as judgement.” But that’s a wrong perception of God. God is gracious and kind, both to the righteous and the unrighteous. His nature is goodness and love. He never buffets people with pain and suffering; rather, He always seeks to heal, save, and bless. He’s the healer, restorer, and mender of broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships.

Several accounts in the Bible readily buttress this. The story of blind Bartimaeus is a case in point. The Bible says he was born blind; and not satisfied with his condition, he cried out to Jesus for help, and the Lord restored his sight (Mark 10:51-52).

We find a similar example when Jesus and His disciples encountered another man who was born blind. His disciples asked Him, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2). The Lord responded, “…Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God may be made manifest in him, I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day…” (John 9:3-4). The devil’s work was manifested in the man’s life through the blindness, but Jesus manifested God’s goodness and love by healing him.

Perhaps you’ve been experiencing challenges on your job, business, family, academics, or even in your health; you can take advantage of God’s love even now. The first thing you should know is that affliction, of any kind, isn’t the will of God for you. He already did everything necessary for you to live in victory, divine health, prosperity, righteousness and dominion. Just say yes to His Word; acknowledge and walk in the light of what He’s already done for you in Christ Jesus.

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Dear heavenly Father, I bow to you in worship for your love, compassion and grace, which are manifested today in my life and in the lives of many around the world, through your works of healing, blessings, and miracles in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study: 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38