Forgiveness is the best medicine

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana :: Crewmembers from Logos Hope visit a local hospital to pray with patients.

“Excuse me, before you leave, can I just ask you a question?” After two hours the Logos Hope team was nearing the end of its visit to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Takoradi, Ghana when a patient stopped Daniella Laxabul (Papua New Guinea).

The team was at the hospital with Rev. Matthew Maclean, the founder of an evangelistic outreach to children, who frequently visits the hospital to pray for patients and deliver basic supplies. Throughout the morning the team was led from ward to ward to pray for expectant women, new mothers, and young children. For the final stop the team went to a male ward housing men with leg and foot injuries.

When Daniella reached the last patient in the row, she could see two things warring within him as he lay in pain on the bed. She prayed for him, and his healing, but before she left his side, he had one question for her. “Is it possible for me to forgive my brother?”

The young man was in hospital because his brother had shot him in the foot. The pressure of forgiving his brother was offset by the severe physical pain he was experiencing as he lay on his back, foot suspended and immobilised. “Of course, yes, you can forgive him,” said Daniella. “Forgiveness is the best medication ever for your health!” She explained that just as God has offered us forgiveness, we need to forgive those who wrong us. Daniella could see the tears in his eyes as she spoke to him, and so she left him with one last encouragement: “I think God has a plan for you,” she said. “If you forgive your brother, God will heal your heart. He can heal you for the sake of healing, but He wants to heal you for something greater – to use you to do his work here on earth.”

 

By Rebecca G