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For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord (Jeremiah 30:17 NKJV)
Welcome back to our series about hope! Today’s focus is Bible verses about hope and healing.
Bible Verses about Hope and Healing
Miriam Webster defines healing as:
1a: to make free from injury or disease: to make sound or whole
b: to make well again: to restore to health
2a: to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome :
b: to patch up or correct (a breach or division)
I would like to use the word healing as in regaining physical health as well as overcoming emotional and mental pain.
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Comforting Bible Verses for the Sick
Let’s start our topic of Bible verses about hope and healing with physical healing. These comforting Bible verses for the sick show God’s mercy and love.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases. Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.(Psalm 103:3-5)
Scriptures of Hope and Healing and Praying for the Sick
Does your church lay hands on the sick? While I have never witnessed immediate miraculous healing, I have witnessed peace and rest fall upon those for whom I’ve prayed. Bible verses about hope and healing need to include the laying of hands on the sick as it is instructed in God’s word.
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18)
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:13-16)
What Does the Bible Say about Sickness and Healing?
Jesus healing the lame, blind, possessed, etc. come to mind immediately when I think of Bible verses about hope and healing. Can you imagine?
The New Testament is full of examples of healing in the Bible, but first a less known story from the kings of Judah.
Hezekiah was a righteous king of Judah. When he came to the throne, he destroyed all of the idolatry in Israel and brought the people back to the one true God.
“In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’ ”
2 Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 5 “Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. 6 And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.” ’ ” (Hezekiah 20:1-6)
He cried out to the Lord and was not only healed but promised 15 more years.
Will God heal us every time we cry out to Him?
For me, a heavy darkness lies over this topic because I begged God to heal my Rebekah when she was hurt and He chose not to.
I can give you several more verses to prove that God heals because He does, but we also need to remember that sometimes He has a reason to deny us our request. Often times this has more to do with the healing of our faith and hearts than it does our physical bodies. I should probably include healing of our faith along with our Bible verses about hope and healing, but I will save that for another day.
Bible Stories about Jesus Healing
Few stories show the love and compassion of our creator more than the Bible stories about Jesus healing the people of Israel. We could spend a whole post on this topic from the lepers to healing the blind. Encouraging stories of faith from the woman with an issue of blood to the man with a withered hand. I am only going to include one story which has been my favorite for as long as I can remember.
“And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
This story pauses as Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood. Just as he says, “your faith has made you well, go and be healed from your affliction” men come looking for Jairus.
35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.” (Mark 5: 21-42)
Did your heart beat fast? Mine does, each time I read this story! Bible verses about hope and healing need only faith.
Scriptures for Emotional Strength
Now let’s shift our focus to scriptures for emotional strength. Bible verses about hope and healing do not need to include only physical healing.
The deep grief, the overwhelming pain, the memories of that horrible night. I push them aside, I smile, and I hold my remaining kids close.
They want to sleep at a friend’s house, they want to climb high in the tree or chase frogs by the pond. I’m terrified something is going to happen to them. No, stay here next to me. Be safe. Please don’t leave me.
The guilt, the what ifs, the whys.
You can call it depression, grief, anxiety, guilt, insecurities, fear. I promise you can be healed from whatever holds your mind captive. God can deliver you.
Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes, we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Another Bible verse about hope and healing from Isaiah.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.
“I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord, “And I will heal him.” (Jeremiah 57:18-19)
Bible Verses about Hope and Love
I want to include Bible verses about hope and love here because it is when we are in a dark season that we are searching for love more than anything.
Also, it is important to point out that often these broken places in our lives are just seasons and we are not meant to live here permanently. I know that I am not the only one asking, when will it stop hurting?
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance; (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)
To everything there is a season. God will pull you through this time of darkness.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (John 3:1-3)
The dark times purify us. We become so desperate for His peace, love, hope and healing that we seek Him more diligently than ever before.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:18-19)
“He first loved us”. Isn’t that a beautiful statement?
God says to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”.
Bible Verses about Hope and Healing
I feel as if I tried to cover too many topics here. When I set out to write Bible verses about hope and healing, I didn’t realize I’d spend so much time in tears. As I searched out what other bloggers were writing on the subject, my heart was heavy, but each held the same message.
God is with us, He hears us, He loves us.
Do you have a hope verse that brings you comfort? I’d love for you to post it in the comments! Next week we will continue our series with Bible Verses about Hope in Hard times.
Be sure to check out the other posts in the Hope Series!