• Michael Haldas

Healing


“True healing penetrates beyond the bone to the soul and heals the deepest wounds of our hearts—those wounds where a pill can’t help and a scalpel can’t cut. Our spiritual wounds keep us enslaved to our fear and delusion, make us selfish and stingy, and divide and isolate us from others.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

"Few of us would ignore a doctor’s medical advice in the face of a terrible disease, and yet too many of us are less concerned with the sickness of our souls. In reality a diseased body has a limited effect whereas the soul’s ill health has eternal ramifications. Once we recognize that we are sick we must run to the Physician." (Father Spyridon Baily)

“In sickness and, in general, during bodily infirmity, as well as in affliction, a man cannot in the beginning burn with faith and love for God, because in affliction and sickness the heart aches, whilst faith and love require a sound heart, a calm heart. This is why we must not very much grieve if during sickness and affliction we cannot believe in God, love Him, and pray to Him fervently as we ought to everything has its proper time.” (St. John of Krondstat)

“It’s not wrong to ask God to heal your disease. In this context, there’s only a problem if you desire an attribute of God, and don’t desire God Himself. In plain speech: If you don’t want to know or serve God, yet you want Him to heal you, there’s a problem. The problem is that God’s heart burns with a passion for you to know Him. He wants your knowledge of Him to create a love for Him so great in your heart, that it becomes nearly impossible for you to not serve Him.” (Eric M. Hill)

“Our greatest need goes beyond mere physical healing. We must believe in Jesus as Lord, and commit ourselves to Him. Our need for salvation outweighs any need for relief from physical ills.” (Dynamis 5/2/2018)

“Christ, through prayer, scripture, worship, and charity, becomes the daily vitamin that keeps us healthy, that keeps us from falling spiritually sick. At those times when we are spiritually sick, Christ becomes the medicine that heals us from our spiritual sickness…Christ gives us life and delivers us from the many tombs in which we find ourselves stuck.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, Dynamis 4/13/2018)

“For a man to be truly healed he must allow something entirely different from himself to enter into his consciousness and change him…healing occurs according to one’s faith…Faith itself does not heal—it is the proper object of that faith, Jesus, who heals.” (Robert A. Johnson, Orthodox Study Bible, Mark 8:22-26, Foundation Study Bible, Mark 5:34)

“Jesus is still able to heal people who are suffering physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and we can be the ones who bring suffering people to Him... You can bring them to Jesus through prayer or through explaining to them the reason for the hope that you have...Then let Christ do the healing.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 29-31)

“As God is Life, and diseases and maladies are a deviation from life, therefore the touch alone of the first Source of Life cures us of them. This is why the Saviour, Who is the Life of all, cured and still cures men by His touch alone.” (St. John of Krondstadt)

“As we seek Christ and grow in Him, healing, or restoration of our condition from sin and its effects, is simply a natural consequence of this growth. The restoration Christ did in the Gospels to those He healed from sin and/or sickness is a glimpse of the final restoration God promises in the Bible when creation is restored as it should be to include our bodies, minds and souls.” (Sacramental Living)

“God essentially wills that human beings should grow in divine being and life forever. In this sense, God does not will sickness, suffering, or death for His human creatures. He wills them only the life, health, and happiness that come with their being in communion with Him.” (Father Thomas Hopko)

“Our greatest need goes beyond mere physical healing…Our need for salvation outweighs any need for relief from physical ills.” (Dynamis 5/6/2015)

“When we are a healing presence to others, we are, in some sense, a healing presence to Christ Himself, who resides in others. Better said, Christ is the healing presence in us who moves through us to heal others...every person is called to be a healing presence—that is, to love others.” (Albert S. Rossi)

"We are created with spiritual, psychological, and physical dimensions, and sin ravages all three. The Lord Jesus affirms the importance of physical means for ministering to those who are ill, no matter the type of illness.” (Dynamis 8/28/2014)

“A few years ago, after a hip replacement, I decided I needed to strengthen my body to give support to the other hip and to fight off the arthritis that was starting to weaken my knee joints. I was surprised at how quickly my muscle tone returned, and I remembered the truism that muscles have memory. The soul is like that. Just as muscles rebuild themselves when we make the effort to exercise, so too the soul is quickly restored to health when we avail ourselves of the healing grace that abounds within the Church.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“Jesus told the people to keep quiet about his healings because He did not want to be known only as a miracle worker. He healed because He had compassion on people, but He also wanted to bring spiritual healing to a sin-sick world.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 9:30)

"Although some extraordinary men and women have attained marvelous degrees of sanctity in this life, total spiritual healing for human beings is rarely, if ever, completed on earth. This is even more the case in regard to physical, psychological, and emotional healing, though some people have attained remarkable measures of healing before their deaths.” (Father Thomas Hopko)

"We must strengthen ourselves by truly realizing that the God of the Universe is the God who dwells within us. When we begin to enter into our interior universe, we will find how close we are to our healing. God has given us all things; we need only remove from our inner selves what is not of God." (Metropolitan Joseph)

“…divine grace opens hearts and minds to life and healing... disbelief will obscure God’s healing presence.” (Dynamis 7/18/2014)

“Christ can make a difference when it seems too late for anyone else to help. He can bring healing to broken relationships, release from addicting habits, and forgiveness and healing to emotional scars..." (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 9:23-26)

"All healing, whether physical or spiritual, finds its source in Christ.” (Dynamis 3/16/2014)

"When we declare ourselves to be disciples of Christ, we claim that we want Him to cure our spiritual and moral disease. Yet in truth we want Him to relieve the symptoms, such as misery, discontent, despair, and so on. Jesus, by contrast, knows that He cannot relieve these symptoms unless He overcomes their deep, inner cause. And this is where the problems arise. While we would like to be rid of the symptoms, we stubbornly resist the efforts of Jesus to penetrate our souls. We do not want our deep-set feelings and attitudes to be changed. But only when we truly open our souls to the transforming grace of God will the symptoms of spiritual disease begin to disappear." (St. John Chrysostom)

"In terms of our faith and how it relates to healing, we have to be discerning too. Often physical healing is not the healing that takes place in our life or circumstance. St. Paul, for all of his greatness, did not receive physical healing from the"thorn in his flesh” (2 Corinthians 12). But what he did receive was grace that enabled him to have a powerful spirit for God, grow in Christ, and complete his mission according to God’s will. Physical healing is not the full measure of God’s power and love.” (Sacramental Living)

“...people recognized Jesus as a great healer....They came to Jesus for physical healing, but did they come for spiritual healing? They came to prolong their lives on earth, not to seek eternal life. People may follow Jesus to learn valuable lessons from His life or in hopes of finding relief from pain. But we miss Jesus’ whole message if we seek Him only to heal our bodies but not our souls, if we look to Him for help only in this life, rather than for His eternal plan for us.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 14:35,36)

“The Church...has given us the methods of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, etc. as a means of helping to restore our spiritual health. These are not attempts to earn merit or reward before God, but rather therapeutic exercises.” (Clark Carlton)

“Healing requires the faith of the Church even more than individuals alone. We see how infants depend, through their godparents, on the faith of the Church. The sacrament of holy unction requires the reading of seven gospels by seven priests, for the number seven expresses the need for the wholeness of the Church gathered to her Lord.” (Dynamis 3/16/2014)

“The generosity of God exceeds every human notion of unselfishness, for He enters into the worst of the human condition with His healing love.” (Dynamis 4/16/2014)

“God is love and He created man to live in an eternal communion of love with Him. However, love cannot be compelled. It must be free. Therefore, if man is to be healed of his spiritual sickness – his pride and egoism – then he must cooperate with God.” (Clark Carlton)

"When we recognize that the world does not revolve around our own desires and needs, we discover that we can be a healing presence to others.” (Christine Valters Paintner)

"We must be careful not to concentrate more on God’s power to heal physical sickness than on his power to forgive spiritual sickness in the form of sin.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 9:2)

“…life in Christ is a healing process. Our healing, however, begins only after we obey His commands…to embrace healing demands courage…Paradoxically, our commitment to the Lord Jesus in order to gain healing often begins with pain [and the need for repentance]….The healing which follows from repentance comes through communion with God.” (Dynamis 7/12/2014)

“The Lord Jesus connects faith with health…When our Lord sends out the disciples and commands them to preach the kingdom of heaven, He pays special attention to healing…God knows how sick we are in body, soul, and spirit. It is primarily for this reason that He joins Himself to our race irrevocably for our salvation.” (Dynamis 7/19/2014)

“…we humans are at the same time physical, psychological, and spiritual beings. As a result, our healing often involves all three aspects of our nature. From the Lord Jesus’ healing of the paralytic, we learn that the spirit is the most significant dimension of our nature. Within the heart our relationship with God either flourishes or withers. For this reason, our Lord Jesus’ first act is to forgive the paralytic’s sins.” (Dynamis 7/20/2014)

"...anybody in any tragic condition can be salvaged and brought to wholeness and health today…By faith in Christ, we can break addictions, heal memories, and restore broken relationships. If we ask Christ to take control of our lives, He will answer us. His love reaches even those who have rebelled against Him.” (Donald M. Joy, Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 107:17-29)

"If God does not heal us or someone we love, we need to remember that physical healing is not Christ’s only concern.” (Life Application Study Bible, Matthew 9:2)

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