Letters to fellow CHM members: what’s encouraged, what’s not

Question: I love the fact that members encourage each other with cards and letters, but I’m also receiving flyers and advertising promotions. Is that recommended?

Answer: No, not at all. Many members send cards and letters of encouragement to fellow members who are dealing with medical issues. Those are thoughtful gestures and expressions of Christian love.

Examples of what shouldn’t be sent are such items as advertising materials or offers (“Twenty percent off if you contact us in the next three days”), health remedies that “doctors don’t want you to know about,” political information or tracts encouraging people to switch religious denominations.

We are grateful so many CHM members care enough about each other to reach out to other members. However, while some of the items previously listed may be well-meaning, they typically are meant to benefit in some way the sender—not the receiver.

We trust members will understand that their fellow Christians in the midst of a medical situation enjoy receiving spiritual reassurance and are best served by support based on the words of our Lord and other uplifting verses in Scripture.

That’s encouragement that won’t expire in the next three days—or ever—and something Christians want everyone to know.

Do include:

  • Encouraging verses or passages of Scripture
  • Prayers for healing and God’s nearness
  • Stories about God’s power and the faithfulness of His people

Don’t include:

  • Advertising or promotional offers
  • Health remedies
  • Political materials
  • Information promoting religious denominations
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