Luke, the Beloved Physician

Colossians 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings….

A brief exhortation to my doctor and nurse friends who help the sick and who love Jesus.

I love what Paul says about Dr. Luke.
They had a very close relationship because of being travel companions throughout the book of Acts.
He calls him “the beloved physician”
That adjective is so incredible.
The word means to be the favorite, well liked, the famous one, the dearly loved.

Basically Paul was saying , “if you wanted a doctor at that time , every one wanted Luke”. Luke was the one you wanted to be your family doctor…the kids loved him and the adults loved him also.
He was everyone’s favorite

The one thing that doctors don’t get sometimes is the element of love and gentleness that needs to accompany truth. I understand the harsh realities of sickness and the need to disclose to patients those realities, but let’s also have a focus on BELOVED  and NOT JUST physician.

“Beloved” is not popularity, it’s making people a priority. It’s understanding people; and not just doing your job but going an extra step with those you treat.

Check out this research from Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink” that I read last year
BELOVED PHYSICIAN made me think back to this one section.

Wendy Levinson a medical researcher recorded hundreds of conversations between a doctor and their patients.
Roughly half of the doctors have been sued at least twice. There was one difference in the research…
The surgeons who never have been sued spend more than 3 minutes longer with each patient than those who had been sued. It was 18.3 min vs 15 min. The difference was in how they talked to their patients.

Psychologist Nalini Ambady took the results to another level…
She took the interviews and took out almost all but 2 ten second clips of the doctor talking.
Then she removed recognizable words and you were left with just tones.
She felt you could tell which ones spent longer with their patients just on tones.
And found out she could predict with ease which doctors got sued and the ones that did not.

Being “beloved” doesn’t mean that you don’t do your job; but you do your job loving people.

The ones that are beloved are the ones that love
That is true for anyone in any field

1 thought on “Luke, the Beloved Physician”

  1. We don’t all speak “meanly” to pts. Sometimes I believe I can say too much much… and everything I say can be used against me legally, no matter how pure my motives, esp. in my speciality (ob/gyn)…and God gives wisdom.

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