Once again I find myself fighting another sickness, it can be the flu, the common cold, or just a passing “bug” but whatever it is called it is annoying nonetheless.
But why do we have these sicknesses?
Well, ask a scientist that question and he will probably give you a genetically sound answer, explaining mutations and germs and all that! Well, what does a Christian make of it?
You may have heard this answer many times before but it is the only explanation, sin!
When man ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil the clear effect was death, and some other side effects, including sickness!
But think of it, every time you are fighting a sickness, remember that not only are they a side effect of our sin but they also can remind us of our Savior.
Every time you have a sickness, you are experiencing the effects of sin, but remember that Jesus Christ took away the power of sin from our souls, although it still does effect our body. But also, sickness is a constant reminder of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
In all of my years of service to my Lord, I have discovered a truth that has never failed and has never been compromised. That truth is that it is beyond the realm of possibilities that one has the ability to out give God. Even if I give the whole of my worth to Him, He will find a way to give back to me much more than I gave.
– Charles Spurgeon
A very close friend from my school newspaper wrote the following paragraphs for a school discussion on life. I asked her for permission to put it in as a introduction to this two part series on emotions and she gladly gave the permission.
- No one has made an effort to show that they really care about me. I feel unloved; therefore, no one really loves me.
- I keep messing up… I feel like I just can’t do anything right. I feel worthless; therefore, I must be worthless.
- I’m depressed and everything I’ve tried has failed to help me. I feel hopeless; therefore, there must be no hope for me.
The above are just a few examples of how emotions can negatively influence how we view ourselves and our circumstances, but emotions can also positively or negatively impact how we look at others and the world around us. Emotions are so powerful that they, when dwelt upon and allowed to become deeply rooted, can mold our very own belief systems.
Once a person believes something is true, they inevitably act on that belief, whether they realize it or not. The question is… are emotions an accurate gauge for what is true?