A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:24-33
Actions speak louder than words. My husband tells me he loves me, which is very important and means a lot to me, but when he cooks dinner, vacuums, drives me to doctor’s appointments and more when I am not feeling well, he is showing me his love for me. His care puts the words he spoke into action.
The woman who needed healing believed that Jesus was the one who could heal her…she had faith. We say we love Jesus and that we believe in his power. We say we will follow him. We sing “I Surrender All.” Do our actions speak louder than our words? When we are called by God to follow and help a person, ministry, community or other, what is our response…what is our action? Do we have faith?
Let’s consider our thought processes when called to action. What attitudes, fears, or other blockages of action to we experiences that need to be broken down to show the action of our faith in Jesus. Lay it at the cross where it belongs…and Jesus will say, “Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Prayer: God who heals, thank you for your promise of walking with me and helping me become all you want me to be. I lay down the chains that keep me from serving you freely. I lay them down at the cross. Thank you for the freedom you give me in your name. Amen
Faith tip: Ask the Lord to show you today what he wants you to do for him. Discern what is keeping you from doing it, and pray for healing. Enjoy the freedom meant just for you.