The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lists faith as the first principle of the gospel. Faith has to be the foundation – without it, it’s impossible to grow in the gospel and spiritually progress. Faith sounds like an easy concept to grasp, but in reality, it is often difficult to truly implement in our lives.
One of the best ways for us to begin our study of faith is examining Jesus’ life and teachings. There are countless examples in the New Testament of Christ healing those who acted in faith. Let’s look at the following verses in Luke 5.
12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
The leper recognized Jesus and knew that He was able to heal him, “if thou wilt“. His faith in the Lord was so strong that he was willing to submit to what the Lord knew was best. It was through his faith that he was able to find physical relief from his ailment.
Faith allows us to be healed spiritually and physically.
While we can certainly still be healed from physical pains and sickness, it is more important that we can find spiritual solace through our faith. Sin and loss bring spiritual pain that is difficult to recover from. The Atonement brings hope and healing – if we exercise pure faith in Christ, we can experience the same relief as the leper.
This post is just the tip of the iceberg; faith is not a shallow principle. It’s not something that can be easily explained or dissected. I’d like to address further examples in the scriptures that illustrate faith, but in doing so, I hope that I can communicate that faith is not something that can be learned only through study. It takes a willingness to trust in the Lord and be open to His teaching.