|Last month’s Brief argued
that if we’re going to get healed, we’ll have to focus
our faith-- ignore the enemy’s non-stop distractions and
keep our attention on target. It’s not that we quit
attending to daily business. The question is one of
emphasis. If we take a three-hour slice out of the day to
watch soap operas when we know full well we should be
listening to healing tapes, we’ve got a problem.
But the focus I’ve been speaking of has to do with more
than faith. First Thessalonians describes the armor we must
wear in any kind of spiritual warfare (5:8): "Let us be
self-controlled, putting on faith and love
as a breastplate."
qualities of Christian love
Faith is one element of that armor/breastplate.
The other element is love--not warm fuzzy
feelings, but an earnest commitment to God’s good above
all else and our neighbor’s good as if it were our own.
Paul lays out the qualities of Christian love in 1
Corinthians 13:4-7, a scripture that’s read mainly at
weddings but should be mastered by all of us whether we’re
married or not:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own
way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice
at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all
things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all
things (English Standard Version).
The mind and will of God
The standard is uncomplicated but strict. It
includes bridling the tongue--in an age that celebrates
unbridled self-expression. Whenever we get casual about
love, our prayer power will evaporate, because we’ve
gotten out of sync with the mind and will of God.
So how do we raise our love-level to God’s standard and
keep it there? Not by sweating and straining to work up a
change of attitude. John’s first letter suggests the
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have
confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive
from him, because we keep his commandments and do what
pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe
[have faith] in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and
love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever
keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by
this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has
given us. (1 John 3:21-24, ESV).
into our hearts
Just two commandments: have faith; have love. And
the Good News is that both are gifts. Our job
is to position ourselves to receive them. Then we can live
the truth of Romans 5:5: "God’s love has been poured
into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given
So if you have various loveless urges and emotions
clamoring for expression, don’t try to control them
"in the flesh." Just take a deep breath, submit to
the Holy Spirit, and let the love of God flow through
you--because that love will transform everything it touches!
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here