Jesus is the great physician. As God, he has always been the healer of his people. We notice Ps 103:2-5
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Since God has always cared for his people with great compassion shouldn’t his people have the same care for each other? In addition to professional health care aids such as medicine and bandages, we as Christians can supply even better health aid. We have the ability to pray for the Great Healer to intervene, knowing that He desires to do that. We have the ability to provide comfort in kind words and loving deeds.
So often our offer of help is just to say “I’m praying for you.” While all sick people need that they need more than that. They need our presence, our touch. They need to feel that we care. If we truly do offer prayer for them, that is wonderful but that cost little in the way of time, money or energy. To take them food, offer to clean their house, mow their grass or run errands is a great emotional boost that will speed their recovery.
When a person is sick that is when they need the cup of water the most. Just our company, our presence, even if its to sit quietly by their side can mean a lot in the healing process. This is especially true of broken hearts. Broken hearts are the hardest to heal and there is little “practical medicine” that can be prescribed. Hear Paul on this:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
You don’t have to be a medical doctor to minister to the sick. You just need to have compassion.