Peace of Body and Mind

Most of us who have read the Bible may remember the story of the woman who suffered from an issue of blood for 12 years.

It can be found in Luke chapter 8.

43. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Well, I was reading in one of my favorite books 📚 (The Infinite Atonement), and I found this amazing passage in regards to this story.

To preface, this chapter was talking a lot about peace and how Christ is the only one who can truly give us that everlasting and true peace. Even though we may sometimes search for it in the world.

Luke records the account of the woman who suffered from “an issue of blood” for twelve years (Luke 8:43). He tells us that she came up behind the Savior, touched the hem of his garment, and was instantly healed. How did she feel?

Certainly there was elation at her instantaneous recovery, but one must wonder if there were not some lingering twinge of guilt that her deed had been done in secret. Was there something spiritually incongruent about the act? Did she believe in the Savior’s healing powers but feel unworthy to personally make of him the desired request?

Whatever the cause for her covert conduct, no sooner had the act occurred than the Savior inquired, “Who touched me?” (Luke 8:45). Peter was amazed. Why should it matter? They were in the midst of a throng; many had pressed about him—but the Savior’s spirit had been aroused by one whose touch had not been prompted by chance. With this touch, he knew power had gone out from him.

The woman, unable to hide, fell before him trembling and confessed what she had done. Her mortal body was rejuvenated, but her spiritual and emotional tranquility had been left in want.

She had peace of body, but not peace of mind. Now the Lord would give her both: “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace” (Luke 8:48; emphasis added).

Oh, what balm those few words must have been to her ailing spirit! The sensitive, tender soul of the Savior knew that this good woman of faith had been only partially healed

– Tad R. Callister, The Infinite Atonement

Christ heals us spiritually and physically.

When the woman touched the hem of Christ’s garment, she was instantly healed physically of her issue. However, her heart was still needing that peace. That is when Christ tells her to be of good comfort and to go in peace.

You could say she was then fully healed.

Here is another example that can be found in Matthew chapter 9.

2. And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

Christ not only tells this man that he has been forgiven, but he also tells him to be of good cheer. He gives the man a peace of mind, he heals his spirit. He lets him know that everything is okay. He puts his mind at ease.

I truly believe that Christ does give us the peace we need. We can search and try to find that peace elsewhere, but nothing will even come close to what Christ can give us.

I truly believe it when Christ says …

… I am the way, the truth, and the life …

John 14:6

and

… I am the light of the world …

John 8:12

If you are needing that peace in your life, I urge you to look towards Christ.

If you are needing to hear those words, “be of good cheer” or “go in peace”, Christ can give it to you.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you …

John 14:27

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Neither the healing of the body nor the healing of the spirit is complete without peace of mind

Tad R. Callister; The Infinite Atonement


 

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