Faith and Healing
Return, all of you who have turned away from the Lord; he will heal you and make you faithful. Jeremiah 3: 22
How often did Jesus tell people their faith had made them well? Healing and faith seem to go together. Some research studies have shown a connection between faith and physical health. But soul sickness can be damaging, too. One look at the headlines or reality TV demonstrates what happens when people live by self-propulsion rather than faith. Conflicts, frayed relationships, broken spirits—people hunger to live by faith and don’t know it. Some try to fill that empty space with other things: substances, power, romance, or fame. None of these things satisfy permanently. When they let us down, it’s easy to mistakenly return to more of the same for another helping.
If we want to avoid self-defeating behaviors, we need to be faithful to the practices that nurture our growth. Connecting with God through prayer makes us more aware of His power, love, and presence in our lives. Connecting with other people also strengthens our spiritual health. Being in contact with those who are also seeking to grow spiritually encourages and inspires us. Acts of service not only help others, but also give us a sense of purpose and get us out of ourselves. Being faithful to an exercise routine contributes to our physical health. Being faithful to a spiritual routine is an investment in our mental and emotional health.
Prayer: Lord, make us whole and keep us faithful.
Reflection for sharing: What healthy activities are you faithful about?