Mental health therapy without the right focus, goal, and the spiritual power to heal, often leads to more frustration, disappointment, and even deteriorating disability. Limited and costly resources are wasted and precious human lives are draining away.
We can learn from Jesus how to give a truly effective life saving and transforming therapy.
In John 4 we read of the episode concerning a woman who had had five failed marriages and six desperate relationships.
Divorce and death of a spouse are among the highest ranking stressors. She had suffered these five times. Lastly, she is living together now with a man without the security and honor of a marriage. In her society she is despised and treated as taboo. She can only go out at a time when no man or woman is around.
~~~How did Jesus give her a healing therapy that fully restored her to wholeness and wellness?
Jesus comes to her.
He opens the conversation.
He tells her the super-abundant life (free of shame and guilt, hurt and pain, anxiety, depression, lack, fear, insecurity, social stigma, anger, strives, rejection, low self esteem)that He gives .
He gives her when she says she wants it!
Jesus does not focus on her past. He gives her an immediate hope and instant salvation and cure.
His powerful presence and the truth of Who He is transforms her life.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”