Today’s word for June 8, 2011

Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
Psalm 38:3

Some people think that if someone gets sick it is because of his sins. Others believe that there is no connection between sin and disease. Both doctrinal positions arise from taking certain scripture passages out of context and we know that a text out of context is only a pretext. Taking into account all the biblical evidence in this regard we can conclude that not all disease is caused by sin and not all sin is a cause for illness. One day the disciples asked Jesus “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him,” said the Lord and proceeded to heal the blind man. The apostle Paul, who mentioned having a “thorn in the flesh” of his own and the proverbial Job are some examples of people who suffered illness not caused by sin. In any case, the important thing is that there is a possibility that when we find ourselves suffering the ravages of a serious illness, it could be due to the presence of unacknowledged sin in our lives.

When we find ourselves in the grip of illness the first thing to do is to thank God because through this situation we will receive a lesson that will allow us to grow spiritually. Next, we need to analyze our actions to ensure that we have always acted in accordance with God’s will. Subsequently, we must review our mind to ensure that we have not given in to impure thoughts. Finally, we have to verify that all service opportunities that we have come across have been exploited. From this analysis we should be able to identify some things that require correction and we need to take those failures to the throne of God’s mercy so we can be forgiven through the merits of Jesus Christ. In reality, this is something we need to do constantly and not only when we are sick. In any case, there are times when we have to face some health issues and in those cases, whatever the reason, we must rely on the power of God to overcome adversity. To God alone be the glory!


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