Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

June 29, 2013

A positive minute: H is for healing

By Dr. Michael Layne
Greensburg Daily News

---- — Galatians 5:1, 13-25: Christ has set us free.

This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don’t ever become slaves of the Law again.

13 “My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love. 14All that the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself. 15But if you keep attacking each other like wild animals, you had better watch out or you will destroy yourselves.

16 “If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires. 17The Spirit and your desires are enemies of each other. They are always fighting each other and keeping you from doing what you feel you should. 18But if you obey the Spirit, the Law of Moses has no control over you.

19 “People’s desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God’s kingdom.

22 “God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. 24And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25God’s Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit.”

We find so many stories in the scripture about Our Lord healing people during his earthly ministry. When we think of healing, we often tend to just think about the physical, but healing really covers a range of problems in our lives. Physical, mental, spiritual.

One form of healing is found in the above passage when it opens with: “Christ has set you free!†What is meant by FREE? The freedom spoken of here is referring to a spiritual healing. It is that time when one learns about the reason we are Christian in faith and practice.

For some it comes early in life as we go through confirmation and for others it is an experience of just saying, “Yes, Lord, I receive as my Lord and Savior.” In other words, we still live in a real world with real problems, but spiritually we have a renewed life. A life that gives us strength for the daily journey.

I hope you have read the above passage from Galatians and, if you have, please go back and read it again as it gives us some very practical practices to live out in this life.

Granted, we live in a world that is ever changing in ways that Christianity is not being looked upon as it once was. The worldview is changing thus in some areas of the Christian faith there are changes coming about that tell us there is a need for healing in the church so the world around us can see what the real mission of Christianity is all about.

Need spiritual healing? Physical healing? Emotional healing? There is help. There is hope. Give our Lord Jesus Christ an opportunity to minister to you by reaching out to a church and asking how you can receive this healing.

I believe Christ wants to offer healing for people today just as He did when He walked this earth. I have experienced His healing in both my spiritual life and physical body.

The Most Rev. Michael Layne is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or doclayne@yahoo.com.