Have you ever heard a Pastor say that if you only had enough faith you wouldn’t have depression? Or if you didn’t have unconfessed sin in your life God would heal you?
In the following account of a man who was suffering, Jesus doesn’t blame the man for having sin. He doesn’t even require the man have faith to be healed. Read it and see if you can tell whose faith Jesus rewarded.
Mark 2:3–5 (NASB95)
3 And they *came, bringing to [Jesus] a paralytic, carried by four men.
4 Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying.
5 And Jesus seeing their faith *said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus saw their faith; not his (the paralytic’s) faith. The man had some LOVING FRIENDS who asked Jesus to heal their friend and Jesus did.
Mark 2:9–12 (NASB95)
9 “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’?
10 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He *said to the paralytic,
11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.”
12 And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Jesus doesn’t criticize, he heals. He doesn’t judge, he forgives. He doesn’t demand, he supplies.
Jesus gave me mental illness, and I have asked him to heal me. He has chosen not to. Except through medications. And I am grateful for those medications. I believe he is using me just as he wants to, warts, mental illness and all. But I would invite you to ask him to heal you. And if you have loving friends ask them to pray on your behalf.
In my case, His best is continued mental illness with the purpose of using it to win the mentally ill to Him. And I am eternally grateful he is allowing me to do this. I am having more fun sharing Jesus’ love than I would doing anything else. And Jesus, restoring me to sanity, using meds and His Holy Spirit in me, is enough of a miracle to give people hope He will love them too.