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Does God heal physical problems? Like kidney issues for example?


Thank you so much for your spiritual enquiry about healing.

I remember being contacted by my half brother’s wife. “Your brother is dying” she said, “he needs one of your kidneys to live.” The words of Jesus came into my mind: "Greater love hath no man than he give up his life for a friend" (John 15:13), or at least one of his kidneys for his half brother. So I agreed that he could have one of my kidneys.

My half brother (different father, same mother) was not a Christian. In addition to that, my own father had kidney disease in his later life and so my own genetic expectancy is to possibly encounter the same troubled waters. I had not seen my half brother for years before his wife’s phone call and the truth is, everything felt a bit rushed, a bit pressurised, a bit wrong.

The blood tests I had at the Royal London Hospital proved a genetic match and the next step prior to the operation was a visit with the renal consultant followed by a biopsy to confirm a tissue match. It was the consultant surgeon who said to me “It sounds as though you have had a gun put to your head. Your brother is having lots of initial problems with dialysis but he is not dying. He is on the waiting list for a donor kidney. It might take some time, but he is not in imminent danger of death. He does not need one of your kidneys to live.”

I subsequently withdrew my offer of a kidney. My half brother understood. His family did not. It was difficult.

My half brother spent years on dialysis. He had several operations on other parts of his body relating to damage done by his kidney failure. He went through severe depression and sometimes, through the mismanagement of his own life style, even blood poisoning. Indeed, at one point he was so mentally ill that I tried to have him committed.

However, through it all, even because of it all, my brother became a Christian and later even became a chaplain in the very hospital where he had for years received dialysis. He eventually received a donor kidney. He is doing well and has an amazing story to tell. He has a ministry among the homeless and among the sick and dying. He reaches and understands people in ways I could never even begin to. He is an amazing man of God and may I say, a better man than me.

All of this came about because God did not heal his diseased kidneys and his half brother did not give him one of his.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:7-9)

In summary then, yes, God can and does heal physical problems like kidney issues and sometimes He does not. Other times, even through the pain, God has better plans for the now suffering person and all of those who they shall touch with their life.

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Isaiah 55:7
  • Proverbs 3:5,6
  • Romans 8:28

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