What is Healing From Mental Illness?

what is healing?

What do you want me to do for you? – Mark 10:46

The question of “what is healing” is a question that I struggled with for a long time as a believer in Christ.

My faith has taken me from depressive, suicidal lows to a point where I can blog about my experiences. However, healing looks different for everyone. In this blog entry I hope to share what I believe healing is.

Healing is a journey

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well? – John 5:6

Healing is a journey with a definite starting point. For most it’s when they hit rock bottom. I know that was my case; my suicide attempt in 2015 opened my eyes and realized that something needed to change. Neither God nor my loving wife wanted me to die; I was meant to live for a greater purpose.

God did not leave me during the journey. There were twists and turns, valleys and peaks. But all the while He was leading me, one stage at a time. My wife was my greatest support; without her I would have been lost. It was a journey we were determined to make together. And we did indeed make it together. And the best part is He is still with me and guiding me as I continue forward.

Healing is a process

He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). – Mark 5:41

As I mentioned before, healing looks different for everyone. That’s because everyone processes healing differently. For some, healing means being stable enough to get out of bed and face the day. To others healing is being a functional member of society. Still others will say healing is living out your God-given purpose and thus giving something back.

All of these are correct, as you will find in the Grace Alliance’s course Living Grace. The key is finding what works best for your recovery. No matter if it’s therapy, a support group, medication, or a combination, God is with you. He wants you to succeed in your recovery process. He promises never to leave you nor forsake you.

Healing is a transformation

Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” – Mark 5:19

No matter what your healing looks like, things will not be the same once you reach that point. Your relationships will improve, you will see God differently, and most importantly you will see yourself differently. My hope is that you will see yourself as God sees you; a being of immesurable value that no illness nor stigma can take away.

God’s love and mercy are always available to those who ask. I promise you that God is always ready to rain down His graces upon you. God bless you and thanks for reading!


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