In the last essay we talked about having clarity of understanding with regard to love. Love seeks to do that which is good to and for man, and we used John 3:16 to help us understand that clarity. In this essay we want to answer the questions that have been posed by those seeking an interfaith understanding in how people are healed in a world of divisiveness and confusion. Those questions are:
- What kind of love has the power to heal us – mind, body, and spirit?
- What did Jesus teach about the power of love to heal?
- How have you seen love heal tough issues in human experience – bodily, emotionally, socially, politically?
- How do we welcome more of the healing power of love into our lives on a daily basis?
- What if we are unwilling or unable to love others or open up to the power of love to heal?
What kind of love has the power to heal us – mind, body, and spirit? The only kind of love that has the power to heal all of us of our broken hearts is the power of God’s love (Matthew 11:28-30). Our bodies may not be healed of any physical infirmities, but our mind and spirit can be. Physical infirmities due to circumstances in life are things we must learn to live with; that does not mean that prayer is not to be offered to the Lord for a physical healing, but it does mean until the Lord grants it (assuming He does) we must live with it.
What did Jesus teach about the power of love to heal? The power of love is seen in the gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Romans 1:16-17; Titus 2:11-12). The simplicity of answer is also the profundity in the solution we seek. When the Scriptures exhort us to love our brother (1 John 4:7-10) there is in no sense anything that suggests we ought to accept wrong-doing, or evil (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
How have you seen love heal tough issues in human experience – bodily, emotionally, socially, politically? The tough issues of life are best addressed by God. That does not mean that we will escape them, but it does mean we can endure those tough situations that life presents because it is to the Lord we turn (1 Peter 5:6-7; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:13). Without having one to whom we can go for guidance, the proper solution will be out of reach. With regard to politics let us note that when people align themselves with God and His policies then political alignments are not so nearly as strong. If one were to have the same passion in Christianity as they do in politics the world would be turned upside down! In fact, it would be best if our “political” affiliation said Christian.
How do we welcome more of the healing power of love into our lives on a daily basis? The simple answer is found in Matthew 11:28-30 (Hebrews 12:1-2), with an additional consideration of 2 Peter 1:5-9.
What if we are unwilling or unable to love others or open up to the power of love to heal? When we use man as the standard by which we understand and apply love, then we will continue to be unwilling and unable. On the other hand, if we seek to please God and use His standard, then our unwillingness and inability will soon gravitate toward willingness and able to do so; how can it not?
Can anyone improve upon Matthew 7:12 (the Golden Rule)? If not, why try?