Healers

8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13).

Of the Ten Commandments, the four listed here are specifically targeted to our dealings with others. Commandments 1-4 have to with God, and the fifth with parents—why Paul did not include the ninth commandment is a mystery to me, for “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” is most certainly appropriate here.

Part of the Hippocratic Oath, the oath taken by all incoming physicians, is “First of all, do no harm.” And we believe, of course, that the sole intent of all physicians is to fulfill that oath by doing everything they can to promote health and healing. This is why they became doctors. Part of the reason why God made us into Christians is to “Do No Harm” to our fellowman—our “neighbor”—to love them even as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39).

Lord, help us This Day to consider ourselves as doctors here on earth—as healers giving ourselves to hurting people and doing no harm to them. Amen.