Everybody knows that words hurt and encourage, but how can we take it to the spiritual level? Having legitimate interest and honest compassion for those around us is vastly important to be being a Christian. I’ll be the first to tell you, people aren’t going to be saved if you’re nasty to them. Allowing people to connect with God’s true love through us can be the first step in reaching out, and, for goodness’ sake, it’s what we’re called to do.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
One of the most important things to learn is how to control your words–to encourage especially. This is a key component of acting a “doctors”. Most physical violence starts with words, so we really need to watch our mouths. Our mouths are one of the most powerful weapons, meaning one of the most difficult to keep under control. We all need God to help control ourselves, specifically our mouths, and when we harness the power of our mouths for God’s kingdom, people can be healed. That is to say, people can be healed through God’s power. Never in the world is it anything we could ever do, but rather what God can do. Whether it’s a miracle that astonishes all, or simply building someone up in confidence and strength, our love and care for people can be a deciding factor in bringing the “lost sheep” of the world to Christ.
A real world doctor isn’t doing the healing. He (or she) is simply using the knowledge they have to help the patient. Healing with God’s power is the same.
In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'” Luke 10:30-35
We should all have the compassion of the good Samaritan and really, honestly, earnestly, truly, seriously just care about each other. How many times a week, or even a day, do you pass by someone who needs help with something, or something which you could do to help someone out? (How many times do I?!) But healing spiritually is infinitely (as in, eternally) more important than physical healing (though obviously both are fantastic). With care and compassion, encouraging words and actions, and most importantly God in our heart, we can all be the next Daniel Hale Williams or Clara Barton, only a spiritual version, and in doing that can have even greater impact on the world.