Daniel J Vassell Sr. in his book, “The Love Factor In Marriage” states on page 14: “It is the love we give that heals our partner, and the love that we receive from our partner that heals us.” This concept that love heals is important and I believe true. As a Christian counselor, I have observed over the years how love really does heal the human soul. The most significant love is the divine love that God has for us. When we receive God’s love and gracious truth, our lives are transformed. The key to the healing process is actually receiving the love.
The next most significant source of love comes from those people who are immediately around us: mother, father, siblings and marriage partners. Their acceptance, forgiveness, respect, care and encouragement contribute to our healthy self-image and our growth, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Then, comes the love of others with whom we relate: friends, teachers, associates and acquaintances. Their love adds to and strengthens our souls. Wherever the love comes from, it is like gold. It never tarnishes or deteriorates.
The other side of the equation is the love that you give to others. Just as receiving love helps to heal our souls, our gift of love for others helps to heal their souls. No matter who it is, our unconditional, selfless, sacrificial love will bless them and contribute to their mental and emotional health. As we accept, forgive, upbuild and speak life into others, the spiritual quality of love produces a positive transformation. We are truly fortunate that God, who is love, helps this circle of love to go around, so that we can all experience healing!