Grace For Healing

'I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the Lord.

I’m sure most of us would agree that healing from God can’t be earned. Yet I’ve often heard people say ‘I don’t expect God to heal me as I know I don’t deserve it’. Or I’ve seen their behaviour change, all of a sudden they’ve started serving more in church. Somewhere in their psyche they’ve associated healing with deserving.

We’re living in a world where unless you do something good, you won’t receive a reward: You have to come first in sports in order to win a medal or you need to get good grades at school in order to get into the right college. Some parents have these types of conditions on their children. ‘You have to be good or Santa won’t bring you any toys.’ 

One of the most well known New Testament verses is

The Law came from Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:4-17

We need to be careful however that we don’t translate the world’s ways into our relationship with God. When we mess up, God doesn’t stop speaking to us as some Christians think. He doesn’t turn his back on us, waiting for us to apologise. That’s the sort of immature behaviour you’d expect from a child. Think of the father in the story of The Prodigal Son. He ran to his son, before his son repented.  And so God does with us when we fail. His arms are open wide, wanting us to turn to Him, not away from Him. What an amazing Father. When you get this incredible truth, it changes everything.

Healing is part of grace, ‘unearned, undeserved favour’.

If by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace, otherwise works is no more works Rom 11:6

Grace is a gift, all we can do is receive it. If we earned or deserved it, it wouldn’t be grace. If you remember the Pharisees tried to earn from God, their self-righteousness prevented them from receiving.

When the father of the prodigal son gave his son the ring, robe and sandals, the other brother was jealous. He was annoyed that his younger brother was forgiven and resented him being celebrated with the fatted calf.

‘All I have is yours…’

The older son failed to understand that all these things were already his. He thought he had to earn his father’s love and blessings. And so some believers are with God. Healing belongs to you, a gift of God’s grace. It has nothing to do with being deserving. It has nothing to do with earning. It’s God’s unearned, underserved favour. All we need do is receive. Isn’t that completely awesome?