Everybody in life goes through painful experiences. I think often the most painful experiences happen with our relationships with others in life.
I went through just such an experience and I had to learn about healing in Jesus’ way. When I was going through this experience and trying to recover from it, I felt that I had been wronged. Because of the gospel I have come to know in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), I knew that my Heavenly Father loved me and understood, and that Jesus Christ had suffered for and felt my specific pain.
I knew that I would have to undergo a healing process that was offered to me by my Savior, Jesus Christ. In my mind, I felt that I wanted justice. I felt that I was validated and that because I felt I had been wronged, the pain would be instantly swept away and the injustice righted in a way I felt was appropriate. Because of this misguided attitude, I spent a lot of time treading the water of this situation instead of swimming forward in the direction of progress.
Through this experience I had to learn some hard lessons. I learned that I had to be healed Jesus’ way, not my way, and that that healing would actually be complete. One skill I had to work on was controlling my thoughts to be above the pain – not dwell on the hurt and mistreatment – and choose to think about happy things. It may sounds silly, but this was the hardest part for me. I found out that my healing was only going to come through humbling myself, recognizing my own faults and trusting in Jesus. A hard truth to swallow was that I couldn’t hold on to those offended feelings. For some reason (and I still struggle with this), I didn’t want to or felt that I should have to give up those validated feelings of injustice. Incredulously, one of the hardest parts of my learning how to be healed was opening my heart and giving all those pained, angered feelings away. This seems strange as it seems that giving away those feelings would be easy because that is what was causing the pain, however, it wasn’t for me. I think this might be because I was scared to let go of control. I think I was scared of releasing a hardened exterior because I was afraid I would get hurt again. And I will get hurt again – that is life. But the important thing is to know how Jesus heals.
The Late James E. Faust, former member of The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ, spoke about the healing that can be found in Jesus Christ. He said,
I humbly come to this pulpit today to speak about a sure cure for heartache, disappointment, torment, anguish, and despair. The psalmist stated, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Ps. 147:3.) The healing is a divine miracle; the wounds are a common lot of all mankind. Shakespeare has said, “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” (Romeo and Juliet, II.ii.1.) It seems that no one escapes the troubles, challenges, and disappointments of this world.
The seventh article of faith states that, among other spiritual gifts, we believe in the gift of healing. To me, this gift extends to the healing of both the body and the spirit. The Spirit speaks peace to the soul. This spiritual solace comes by invoking spiritual gifts, which are claimed and manifested in many ways. They are rich, and full, and abundant in the Church today. They flow from the proper and humble use of a testimony. They also come through the administering to the sick following an anointing with consecrated oil. Christ is the great Physician, who rose from the dead “with healing in his wings” (2 Ne. 25:13), while the Comforter is the agency of healing.
In my personal life, I have learned through health challenges as well as other emotional and spiritually painful challenges, that the key to healing is through learning to live abundantly in Christ.
The only way to overcome the pain is to let The Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, into our hearts. And we can only do this by following Him. In essence, I am learning in my own life, that we have to adopt a whole new lifestyle – that of a follower of Jesus Christ. We have to try to be like Him in order to be healed by Him.
Some practical things I learned in my life may sound basic, but they have made all the difference. I have found that healing cannot occur unless I am looking outside of myself and helping others. I must be praying endlessly, constantly, to my Father in Heaven.
Another hard lesson to learn is effort. Healing through Jesus Christ takes great effort to abandon what I currently know and risk it all to know what Jesus knows. It takes great effort and faith to abandon self-defense and pride.
I know more than anyone that this is not an overnight process. I know personally, how it’s a long road and I often fail. But the good thing I have found is, the Savior doesn’t wait until you’ve perfected the process to heal. No, He starts healing the minute we take the first step. And He will never leave us.
Former President of The Church of Jesus Christ, Gordon B. Hinckley, said of the Healing Power of Christ:
I have since reflected much on the power of Christ to heal and bless. It was He who said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10.) In a world of sickness and sorrow, of tension and jealousy and greed, there must be much of healing if there is to be life abundant.
The prophet Malachi declared, “Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.” (Mal. 4:2.)
Malachi’s prophecy was fulfilled. Jesus came to earth, the Son of God, with power over life and death. He healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, caused the lame to walk, and the dead to rise. He was the man of miracles who “went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38.)
Livi Whitaker is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - a "Mormon" woman in Idaho. She has worked in various professional Communications based positions in New York, Italy and Idaho since her first day at the United Nations on Jan 2nd, 2007. Livi now devotes her full attention to free lance writing. An avid writer since childhood, Livi has kept a journal as long as she can remember - yet some of the most fulfilling writing she has done is for the More Good Foundation, sharing her beliefs online.