Gift of the Spirit: Healing
God is a God of healing. In the Bible, we see numerous examples of people being healed of various ailments through the power of God. The gift of healing is one of the gifts of the Spirit that God gives to believers. This gift is not given for the purpose of bringing glory to the one who possesses it, but rather for the purpose of bringing glory to God and for the benefit of the body of Christ.
In the book of Acts, we read about a man named Aeneas who had been bedridden for eight years due to paralysis. Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed.” Immediately Aeneas got up and was completely healed (Acts 9:34). We also read about the Apostle Paul, who was given the gift of healing, and through whom God worked many miracles of healing (Acts 28:8-9).
God is still in the business of healing today. He still gives the gift of healing to believers, and He still heals through prayer and faith. But we must remember that not everyone who prays for healing will be healed in this life. Sometimes, healing comes in the form of peace, comfort, and strength to endure our afflictions.
We must trust in God’s sovereignty and goodness, and remember that even if we are not healed in this life, we will be healed in eternity. Let us use the gift of healing to bring glory to God and to minister to those in need, knowing that God is the ultimate healer and restorer.