The Function of Gratitude in Spiritual Healing

Of the function of gratitude in the spiritual healing of disease and death, Jesus gave an impressive instance when he stood before the tomb of Lazarus and gave thanks that God had heard him, before any slightest evidence of the healing was manifest to human sense. Lazarus had lain in the grave four days. Martha and Mary and the host of their friends and kinsmen had mournfully performed for him what they thought to be the last rites. Yet, in the face of this evidence, Jesus could stand in serene confidence, with thought uplifted in gratitude for the answer to his prayer, no matter what weight of contrary evidence might be presenting itself.

In offering his thanks to God that God heard him always, Jesus gave direct expression to this confidence. The strong, undismayed, and potent understanding of God's allness, and the consequent nothingness of any material suggestion, must inevitably destroy every appearance of discord. He knew that nothing could destroy the life of Lazarus; that there is no death, and that nothing needed to be done to alter the condition of the real man, the only man. He gave remarkable proof of this knowledge in the calm command, "Lazarus, come forth." He did not need the testimony of the material senses to convince himself of the unreality of death. And Lazarus' resurrection was the inevitable result of his serene conviction that God is the only Life.

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