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Summary: How love can heal.

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Healing: A Touch of Love - Part 1

Scriptures: Ephesians 4:32-5:2; Luke 13:10-17

Introduction

“Years ago some of England’s orphanages ran an experiment. One director made it the duty of the nurses in charge to make sure each baby was held at least 30 minutes a day. Amazingly, as this directive was carried out, many babies and children who were ill made a significant recovery. It was further learned that babies who are not touched get sick and sometimes even die. Are babies the only ones who benefit so remarkably from touching? Or do we all enjoy being touched and find it wonderful therapy?”

Quoted from “A Touch of Love” by Eric Kreye

We have talked previously about what it means to walk in love. I told you that love was an action, meaning that in order to exhibit it, you must do something. When you read the Scriptures you find that everything that Jesus did pertained to love. He was sent to us because of love. All of His actions on earth were motivated by love. Often we read in the Scriptures when Jesus exhibited love, He touched the person he was focusing in on. As you know from what I just read, a touch can bring about a whole lot of changes in a person’s life. Because Jesus represented love, we as Christians being His representatives here on earth must operate with love as our foundation. This morning I want to focus your attention on the subject “Healing – A Touch of Love.”

Even though Jesus has purchased our complete redemption from Satan’s kingdom, Satan has a way of trying to make us feel as if we still belong to him. He brings us into situations that confuse us and gets our focus off of the deliverance that now belongs to us as sons and daughters of God. Why do I say “confuse us”? Our born again spirits (which overflow with love) want to respond to those situations one way while our souls (our minds and flesh which often does not operate in love) want to respond in a different way. This morning I want to focus on how Christians are often blind to the needs of other members of the body of Christ due to our being so focused on our own needs. And because of this, when we come under attack both physically and emotionally, from a spiritual perspective, they often go unchallenged. We’re going to examine how Jesus dealt with one of Satan’s attacks that had gone unchallenged for 18 years. We’ll see how He put Satan on notice by showing those present at the church service that day what it meant to belong to His Father. Next week we will look at how the religious leaders responded to Jesus healing the woman.

One thing you must grasp in this message is that responding to the needs of others is an expectation of all Christians. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:32-5:2 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” The Greek word for “kind” means to “furnish what is needed”. This goes way beyond just meeting someone’s material needs as we often think of this, but it also includes meeting those needs that cannot be “purchased” in a store. Turn with me to Luke chapter 13. Today we will focus on verses 10 thru 13.


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