Physical and Spiritual Healing

From an article by Ron Simmons


A physical therapist shares the parallels between physical healing and the way Christ heals our souls. These similarities can help us in the process of our own spiritual healing.

  1. Be diligent. Patients who consistently do their exercises heal over time. Just as each patient progresses, with diligence, we too grow spiritually, little by little (see 2 Nephi 28:30). The Savior teaches us to be diligent and to keep “exercising” faith, forgiveness, patience, and charity.
  2. Don’t compare. All of us have different personalities, different upbringings, different strengths and weaknesses, and different life experiences. How can we compare ourselves fairly to each other? We can’t.
  3. Rely on Christ. There is no pain, illness, or hardship that He doesn’t know. He stands “all the day long” (2 Nephi 28:32) with arms extended and beckons us to lean on Him.
  4. It takes time. President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95) said: “Developing spirituality and attuning ourselves to the highest influences of godliness are not an easy matter. It takes time and frequently involves a struggle” (“Blessed from on High,Ensign, Nov. 1988, 61).
  5. There is help. Our Father in Heaven hears our prayers. Our Savior Jesus Christ is the Great Healer and individually assists us throughout our “spiritual rehabilitation.”

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