Hey everyone. Sorry for not posting last week. I wasn’t feeling too well and only got half a post done. Thankfully I’m feeling better. I was going to just finish that post, but I have something else on my heart.
One thing I pray for is the church to be a house of healing. I don’t just mean the church I attend, but the Church as a whole, the body of Christ. During the prayer team meetings I go to people constantly pray that the church be a house of prayer. I pray for that too, but I really feel that healing should happen in the church… and prayer should be part of the healing.
Throughout the Bible there are many instances of healing. We see people being healed of their physical illnesses and Jesus telling people that their sins are forgiven. Jesus did not just heal physically, but also spiritually. He asked his disciples to do the same.
“And [Jesus] called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every afflicition… ‘Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You receive without paying; give without pay.'” Matthew 10:1, 8 (ESV)
Jesus gave them the authority to heal. And we also have that ability. Healing is one of the gifts of the Spirit. That can be seen through the work of doctors and counselors, mentors and pastors, friends and family, and so many others. Healing comes in various forms. And I believe that the church is to reach out when someone is in need of healing.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of the faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:13-16 (ESV)
But if I’m being honest, that’s not the main reason that I believe the church should be a house of healing. I believe that the church should be a place where the sick and hurting, the broken hearted and lost can go to find help, to find healing. The church doesn’t do a great job at admitting that the people there are not perfect. Too often christians are seen as hypocrites, toting how righteous they are and not acknowleding their sinful nature (at least not aloud). That is one thing that has detered people from the Church.
In Matthew 9:11-13 (NIV), the Pharisees asked why Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners, those who were deemed beneath them, among the lowest on the totem pole. Jesus replied “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus has come for the sinners. The sinners are the ones in need of healing. The Church is to be a place where sinners can be saved. The broken of spirit can find comfort. And here is the kicker: we are ALL sinners. We all need to be healed. And to do that, we need to admit that we fall short and have flaws. We need to admit that to one another, so we can help each other and pray for each other. We need to admit that to ourselvess and God, so we can be open to his healing. I believe that healing can come from relationships. Our relationship with God an other people.
Let the Church be a place where people come to turn away from their sinful lifes. Let the Church be a place to find some answers when confused. Let the Church be a place of love and grace. Let the Church show mercy and not judge becuse everyone in the needs it.
I pray that the Church is a house of healing. I pray that the Church brings in the broken and lost and provides for their needs, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I pray for my church and all chuches around the world. Some are better at doing this than others. Let all of us grow in this area.
Lovelies, reach out to those in need wherever you are. It’s something that I’m trying to do and hope to see more of in my church. Love one another. Build relationships. Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them. Sometimes people just need to know they are not alone. Sometimes people just need to know that someone has been through something similar and survived.
As we get ready to celebrate the biggest show of healing from Jesus (His death and resurrection, as well as the salvation it gave), I ask that you go out and extend grace and love to one another. I will talk to you soon.