There are many words we can use for how healing happens through the church, but if I were to pick one, it would be compassion. Nearly every time Jesus heals someone in the Bible, it says He is filled with compassion. The word compassion literally means to “suffer with.” The term passion, often used to describe the cross, comes from a french word that means suffering. So when you add the prefix “co”, it means to suffer with.
Suffering with a wounded neighbor, friend or family member has immense healing power. We live in a world that can’t stop talking, so now more than ever, we need compassionate listeners. You’re going to have people in your life who are wounded, who need to talk to you and who need your healing presence. In those times, it’s important to resist the temptation to fix them. You can’t fix people. Fixing is for machines. People need to be healed, and the way that happens in the Kingdom of God is through compassion and empathy. As students of Jesus, we can spread His healing power by offering a safe place for others to share their hearts. Isn’t that great news?