Freeing Ourselves from Crutches

When Peter and John healed a congenital cripple at the gate of the temple, the man immediately "stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God." Acts 3:8; So sudden and complete was his healing that he had no need of crutches, not even for a short period of convalescence.

For the first time in his life this man was independent of people and material aids for movement. He had accepted without hesitation the great gift the disciples offered—not of silver and gold, but of Spirit—the gift of the Christly understanding that, despite physical appearances, he actually possessed and could joyfully express health and energy and freedom. Christ Jesus had taught that God's good gifts—including health, as every healing showed—are free to those who will accept them; and Peter and John awakened the man in some measure to this fact. He responded to their understanding of this spiritual truth and was healed.

January 19, 1974

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