But it is a process. This kind of divine healing rarely happens overnight; the process takes time. The process also takes an intentional effort and commitment on our part. Not unlike the patient recovering from surgery, required to complete the prescribed medication, dress the wound in a certain way on a daily basis, and continue with physical therapy three times a week for the next two months, emotional healing also requires action on our part. If we choose to ignore the doctor’s orders, we interfere with and slow down the healing process. Emotional healing works the same way.
Thankfully, there are a number of things we can do to assist in the healing process, and not because The Great Physician needs our help but because we grow spiritually when we help. Here are some actions we can take:
- We can believe – in eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and restored us to righteousness (John 3:15 – 17).
- We can read – and digest a daily supply of the unfailing Word of God (Matthew 22:29, 2 Timothy 3:15-17).
- We can share – and fellowship with God (through prayer and meditation) and others (through community) (1 John 1:6-7, Acts 2:41-43).
- We can endure suffering – and stretch ourselves by pressing through hardship and adversity (John 15:1-3, Romans 5).
- We can rest – and rejuvenate (Matthew 11:28-39)
- We can serve – and do something helpful for someone in need (Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 10:26-28).
The point is we can be healed! And we can play a part in the process.
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