In first aid and CPR you learn the importance of three words that can mean life or death "Consent to treat." Consent to treat means that you cannot help an adult (even if they are dying) without their permission. If someone is choking and you say "Can I help you?" and they say no, you can call 911 but you cannot give care because they did not give you their permission.
As we think about the importance of Consent to treat physically, we need to realize the importance of consent to treat spiritually and emotionally.
Every day Christ, the Great physician, asks us for permission for treatment, for transformation, and for complete spiritual and emotional healing. Often when we are really struggling, it is easy for us to call out to our Father "heal me, heal me right now" but as Christ begins the healing process, we often say "Stop that hurts" or "Do I really need that treatment?" We say "I'm not ready" or "I like my life the way it is."
Because of Christ's love, He always, always offers us the gift of choice. God is not controlling. If we say stop, He stops. If we ask Him to slow down, He does. He is always gently asking us if He can help us. When we say He can't, He will wait until we are ready.
Often we think that spiritual transformation and emotional healing will be easy and quick. But even in medicine, overcoming diseases takes time and is a battle. Likewise, life transformation and healing sins and brokenness, overcoming scars- it's a process that takes time and can be painful.
Little by little, step by step, day by day, Christ asks us if He can heal us. He stitches our deep cuts and signs "It is finished" over our scars. He performs a blood transfusion showing us that we are no longer slaves under law but saved because of His perfect grace. He takes our bruises and paints over them "You're mine". He takes our hard heart and performs heart surgery putting in new hearts like His. He keeps surgically remaking us, so much so that we don't even look the same, and don't even act the same as our before "old" creation. Sometimes we look back in the mirror and stand amazed at His perfect healing work in our lives. He reminds us that His transformation is slow and that our new bodies- completely disease free- won't be complete until the day He comes again to take us home.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
What a loving God we serve- who is willing to heal us whenever we are ready!