"You're not being healed because you're not doing something right."
It pains me to hear someone say this. I have to fight back my human nature to keep from punching them in the face (especially when it's directed toward someone I love).
I really do believe that sometimes this statement does come from a place of love. Humans are fallible, and we don't always say things exactly how we mean them. When it comes to helping our brothers and sisters, a lot of times we find it our job to point out errors in their walk. We want to hold them accountable and help them stay on the narrow path. The Bible tells us to do this.
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12, 13 ESV)
The Bible also says,
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29 ESV)
Everyone has the opportunity for healing. The Lord does not want us to suffer. The truth is we live in a fallen world. This world is full of hate, despair, and disease. Even the most faithful among us can be stricken by one of these things.
I fully believe in instantaneous healing. It is a miracle when someone goes in one day and is full of cancer and the next time the scans are completely clean. It is an amazing act of God.
Here's the other thing. God using doctors and medicine to heal is just as great of a miracle. Think back to a hundred, two hundred years ago when we did not have the technologies and medicine that we do. Progressive healing is just as awesome as instantaneous healing.
Finally, there are the cases that no one understands. There are times when the most faithful pass away from disease and no one can fathom why. Ultimate healing is the greatest kind of healing. When we go to Heaven and feel no more pain, that is the greatest gift and the greatest miracle that has ever been.
This post was not written to condemn anyone. That is the last thing I want to do. I just want people to think before they speak. Really think. Is what you're going to say really going to be helpful? Or is it going to hurt someone who is already hurting?