What’s Love Got To Do With Healing?
Whenever someone close to me is sick, I pray for their healing. Often times in doing that, I think about the many records in the Bible where people received deliverance and healing. Perhaps you do the same thing, too.
I know and believe that healing from God is available; I wrote a book about it. But there is something in that book that I certainly pointed out, but really didn’t elaborate or expand upon as much as I could have: the healing power of love.
Take a few minutes to consider the concept of “love heals.” There are those in the medical profession who know and understand this. They have literally seen patients healed by love, and I’ll share with you a great quote about that in just a bit.
Let’s Start With You
Do you ever doubt at times whether God really loves you? If you do, then stop it. The truth is that God loves all of mankind. The Bible says that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. So, if you are a part of the human race, guess what? God loves you.
I know, lots of people don’t buy into that. To some, it might sound nice, but there are plenty of people who would ask the question of “Why?” Some think, “What have I ever done to deserve God’s love? I really don’t deserve His love.” Thoughts of unworthiness continue to keep people from receiving what God wants them to have, including healing.
Can we please get logical here? If you think that God’s love is dependent upon the things that you do, or the things that you don’t do, just how good would you have to be, consistently, to earn the love of the Creator of the heavens and earth? Who could ever be good enough? No one, and that’s the point.
Who Initiated Love?
God’s love to us was not in response to our love toward Him. The Bible says that He loved us first. In other words, He is the One Who initiated love. Why? Because love is His nature; God is love. And He demonstrated His love by giving His only begotten Son so that we could have eternal life.
How Do You Define God’s Love?
God’s remarkable love is composed of three main elements. First, the love of God is giving. If you are going to love with the love of God, then it is an act of giving. God so loved the world that He gave…
Second, love is giving whether it is earned or deserved. Love is not a reward; love is freely given even if it is not earned or deserved. The Bible says that God loved us even while we were yet sinners; we didn’t earn or deserve God’s love.
Third, love is giving without requiring anything in return. God gave His Son for all of mankind and in doing so what if all of mankind will not accept His Son? What about those who would not respond back to Him? Has everyone accepted Christ? No, but that didn’t stop God from giving His Son.
God’s love is giving, regardless of whether it is deserved or not, and love is expecting nothing in return. That is how God, Who is love, initiated His love to us in sending His Son to die for our sins so that we could have eternal life.
That’s why the Bible says that we love Him because He first loved us. Sadly, a lot of people have it backwards; they think that God loves them only when they love God first and do all the right things, and never make a mistake. Not so! He loved us first; we then can choose to love Him because He first loved us.
But What About All My Mistakes?
Some people think, “How can God love me? Look what I’ve done. I’ve messed up again. I really don’t deserve His love.” Who really deserves God’s love? Which of us could ever be good enough to earn it?
We have to remember that God’s love is unconditional. He willingly gave His love to all. The Bible says that there is nothing that can separate you from His love. Why not accept that great truth? Why not accept His love?
How Powerful Is Love?
In his book Love, Medicine, and Miracles, Bernie S. Siegel makes two statements: “I am convinced that unconditional love is the most powerful known stimulant of the immune system. If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know how.
But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same changes happen automatically. The truth is, love heals.” And second, he says, “Remember I said love heals. I do not claim love cures everything, but it can heal and in the process of healing, cures occur also.”
So just how powerful is the love of God? It is so very powerful, and it is a choice, it is a decision; we choose to love with the love of God.
Check This Out
I made reference to the scripture in John 3:16. A lot of people have heard this verse. Many times at sporting events, you see someone in the stands hold up a sign that says, “John 3:16.” I was looking at the Bible in a hotel room a few years ago, and it had that scripture in about 75 different languages in the back of that Bible.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
I have a nice framed calligraphy of that verse hanging in my home, with a really neat explanation of that verse. It says:
For God — the greatest lover
So loved – to the greatest degree
The world – the greatest number
That He gave – the greatest act
His only begotten Son – the greatest gift
That whosoever – the greatest invitation
Believes – the greatest simplicity
In him – the greatest person
Should not perish – the greatest deliverance
But – the greatest difference
Have – the greatest certainty
Everlasting life – the greatest possession
Always remember that God is the One Who initiated love; He loved you first. You did nothing to earn or deserve His love. His love for you is unconditional and nothing will ever separate you from His love.
Because of His love to us, we love Him because He first loved us. And, if God so loved us, then we ought to love others also. Jesus said that by this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love one to another.
The Bible also says that when it comes to believing, hope and love, the greatest of those three is love. Think of the great impact that you can have on others if you will simply love them like God loves you! And, think of how you can play a very important part in someone receiving their healing because of your commitment to love them.
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