Healing: Evidence of His Love

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Mat 14:14 ESV)

There are two primary models from which to minister to the sick. One is from a position of power and authority and another from a position of love. Christians who minister from the power and authority base will focus on the power of God, brought by the Holy Spirit, and delivered to the sick through the hands of the authorized believer. The release of power destroy the works of the devil, which includes sickness. Their prayers are authoritative, speaking directly to the disease, as God’s appointed image bearer on earth. They speak of God’s promises and faith in those promises releases healing virtue. All of this is true, relevant, and biblical when praying for the sick. There is another biblical model that is oftentimes overlooked in Charismatic circles. It the position of healing through love and compassion.

The emphasis, from the love camp, is on the character and nature of God. A God, who is love (I John 4:8), that responds to the prayers and the needs of His children. God is interested in restoring the entire person and not just their eternal soul. God is interested in healing the entire being because of His Love. Faith, here, is rooted in the character of God and expects healing to come according to God’s wisdom and timing. Frances MacNutt writes, “Healing is not so much a test of faith as it is the natural response to God’s generous love.” (1). Jesus preformed at least one entire miracle crusade out of His compassion. (Matt 14:14) This position is equally true, relevant, and biblical. If then, both camps are true, relevant, and biblical, the best approach to healing would include a combination of the two.

The Bible states that, “Faith worketh through love.” (Gal 5:16) It would appear from this passage that the love position should be the primary “modus operands” through which the display of divine power is manifest. What is really happening, when love and power are combined, is a catalytic reaction that brings about a greater propensity to release healing. God’s image bearer, at a minimum, should reflect His character and model His love and compassion for the sick. Combine this with the presence of God, who is love (I John 4:8), and the atmosphere is permeated with love. Inside of this spiritual climate, the believer can claim their status as the image-bearer of God, having authority and dominion over disease, and command the sickness to go, through faith in the Word and the Character of God.

Far to long, have ministers prayed healing over the sick, with the absence of love. If healing doesn’t take place, the sick are, oftentimes, left feeling guilty because of their supposed “lack of faith” or their “unconfused sin.” (It seems that Job was accused of both of these, but neither was the case.) When the sick are loved, they leave the prayer feeling edified and hopeful. They can rest in the assurance of the release of grace they have received which will bring improvement, if not healing, to their condition.

Endnotes

1. MacNutt, Frances, Healing, Ave Marie Press, Notre Dame , IN, 2006, page 122. This is a great work. Anyone who is serious about healing needs to read this book.

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