I don’t know about you, but sometimes I say things that hurt others. (This is confessional blogging.) I don’t mean to say things that hurt others, but sometimes my mouth works faster than my brain and heart. It’s a constant prayer, everywhere I go, that my words will bring encouragement to all who are listening and that my words bring glory to God.
Our flesh, the world system, and the devil are all battling against us, trying to keep us from using our words boldly to bring healing to others. Our words can either sooth others, calm them down, and give them hope, or they can agitate people, get them riled up, and cut them down. Let’s use our words to help others and point them to Christ’s love.
Two of Jesus’ followers in the first century, Peter and John, were going up to the temple complex one day at the time of prayer. A crippled gentleman was there on that day, doing all he could to provide for his own needs by begging for money or food. Peter and John didn’t ignore him. They looked at him. They noticed him. They had compassion for him. They wanted to help him. When he asked them what they could give him, Peter responded: “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:6).
The words that Peter spoke pointed the man to The Healer — Jesus. And the man was miraculously healed! Peter helped him stand up.
Then, taking him by the right hand he raised him up, and at once his feet and ankles became strong. So he jumped up, stood, and started to walk, and he entered the temple complex with them — walking, leaping, and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized that he was the one who used to sit and beg at the Beautiful Gate of the temple complex. So they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:7-10)
Notice that the man stood up and praised God. He didn’t praise Peter and John. He praised God. That is significant. Our encouraging words — words of healing — should always point people to our amazing God.
People are hurting in our day. They are hurting emotionally, mentally, physically, financially, relationally, spiritually and in other ways. When have the opportunity to point them to Jesus, and to remind them that he cares. And we will show them that he cares by he way that we care. We look, we listen, we share words that bring healing, and we help them up.
Our words are not magic words, but rather encouraging words pointing them to our God who heals. He heals broken relationships, he helps to clean up the messes that we have caused and the ones that others have caused. He shows us the way. He gives us hope. He gives eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Two final thoughts. First, sometimes the best words of healing are not words at all. Sometimes just being there to quietly listen and pray are the best ways to help.
Secondly, sometimes healing doesn’t come on this side of eternity. Sometimes God in his sovereignty chooses to bring someone home to heaven rather than to leave them here in this world suffering with cancer, terminal disease or other afflictions. Don’t perceive those situations as lack of care on God’s part or his inability to heal. Trust that his plans are the best, and that for all of eternity his children will be perfect and with him in heaven.
Speak words of healing. Let God use you to encourage others to courageously walk in the way of Christ. The same God who can make a crippled man walk is saving lives and bringing healing today.