Misconceptions About Healing

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given to me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

When we see someone who is going through some kind of pain, a person who needs healing, there are many misconceptions we can have regarding this person’s life. I’ve heard people say, “Oh, they must not have enough faith, because if you have enough faith, you’ll be healed.” I’ve also heard it said that, “Physical health is a sign of someone’s spiritual health, so there must be something deeper going on.”

I want to set the record straight that neither of these claims are biblical and based on Scripture. There were instances during Jesus’ ministry where He healed people who had no faith whatsoever. In John 5:1-11, there is the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda, who instead of having faith in Jesus’s healing ability, he made excuses for why he couldn’t walk, but Jesus healed him anyway.

Sometimes people were healed because they had faith. Sometimes people were healed when they had no faith at all. Sometimes people were healed because of the faith of other people. So there’s not just one way or one particular method that needs to happen for God to heal.

The Lord healing you is not in any way contingent on the amount of faith and righteousness you have. That would imply that you could earn your healing, which is not the message of the Gospel.

In regard to the misconception that your physical health is parallel with your spiritual health, the Apostle Paul can disprove this statement very quickly. In 2 Corinthians Chapter 12, Paul talks about a God-given thorn in his side. He says he pleaded with God multiple times to take it away, but the relief never came. And yet if any human in all of history were to be described as holy, it would be Paul. He had an extremely close relationship with the Lord, becoming the greatest missionary of all time, and yet he never experienced the physical healing He was seeking.

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