Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
We read that Jesus had "compassion" on the multitudes and that He healed all who were sick, and sometimes left whole villages with no sick person in them (cf. Matt. 9:36; 14:14, for example).
That was 2000 years ago. Now fast-forward to our time: we still have people sick and with all kinds of needs. We, too, have compassion on them; but what can we do to help them? Doctors and nurses can do a wonderful work relieving suffering; but what about us ordinary folk?
We can tell them New Covenant truth. In some cases simply doing that may bring physical healing to the sufferer; see the story of the paralytic who was let down through the roof into the presence of Jesus. All the poor sufferer needed was to hear Jesus tell him, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you" (Matt. 9:2), and he was happy, willing to endure his sickness in peace.
To say those words to someone flippantly or thoughtlessly of course does no good; but if by the grace of the Lord we are able to tell the message thoughtfully, meaningfully, the Holy Spirit will bless to the healing of the soul.
There are seven grand promises that make up the healing New Covenant truth. They are in Genesis 12:2, 3: the Lord will make your life important, He will give you happiness, He will make your name great, you will be a blessing wherever you go throughout the world, the Lord will bless the people who help you, He "will curse him who curses you" (!), you will be part of the blessing that will come upon "all the families of the earth" in Christ because you proclaim His message. Therein is healing truth! Give it.
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: May 31, 2008.
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