I hope you are grateful for the healing arts. Medicine, psychology, counselling and all kinds of therapy are all valuable assets of the human race. 

There can be a positive effect, relief of suffering and healing that can take place when people are given the right help.

There is certainly a meshing of physical conditions, psychological affect and attitudes associated with all forms of sickness. Pain in the body affects the mind, will and emotions. Trouble in the soul can affect the body and vice versa.

We also have a human spirit, that part of us that interfaces with God and the spiritual realm. You can be deeply influenced and affected within your spirit in ways that influence the entirety of your being.

 Solomon gathered wise sayings in the Book of Proverbs including some health tips. Here are a few that speak about suffering and its affect on body, soul and spirit.

Proverbs 18:
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

In physical suffering people are able to endure through spiritual connection to God, but if your innermost person is crushed it can be unbearable. Often a crushed, broken or tormented spirit within will affect a person’s physical health.

And how about these proverbs?

Proverbs 17:
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 16:
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Healing can be greatly enhanced by gracious words. When a suffering person is reassured, affirmed by love and counselled well, it can greatly contribute to his or her sense of well-being. If we are to follow in the path of Jesus, we need to learn how words contribute to wellness.