We are not well. A cancer is spread throughout us. This disease would go undetected but, to those of us who are not in denial, the symptoms are plain to see; telltale signs are as evident in us … as they are apparent all around us.
You could be missing it in self-examinations. Or are you trying to ignore a hint of foreboding from something about you that does not seem healthy?
Have you ever felt a bitter sensation that, when most disagreeable it, burns down to the pit of your stomach? You could have this feeling with many indications of the affliction; some of them would be ever so subtle, while others would be quite obvious.
We should all seek treatment from an expert. No one is immune; whether we are born to paupers or to persons of privilege, we all suffer from this hereditary condition that proves to be fatal when not remedied.
We allow ourselves to go so long that we grow numb to the ill effects; people from all walks of life and professions — to name a handful: politicians, reporters, business executives, teachers, laborers, and clergy as well — could be accustomed to the sick feeling of the malignancy that would encroach a lifetime of happiness and success. How could we become so comfortable with such an unbenign tumor that would poison a mind with the delusion that God Himself is the devil?
Before I left my mother’s womb, the cyst in my heart reached its first stage; yours too would have no less advanced. My personal battle against this common cancer began, not when I drew my first breath but, much later … once I shed the last teardrop of my early childhood innocence.
Such an aggressive growth would take various forms — impatience, unkindness, pridefulness, selfishness, short-temperedness, and unforgivingness — as it progresses through stages to metastasize in us as fully developed hatefulness. Until we seek the help of the great physician who has the skills to achieve complete remission in His patients, we are at risk of ulcerating until we erupt and then contagiously exasperate the inflammatory carnal masses of the untreated souls with whom we come into contact.
Hate, and all that bleeds from hate, come naturally to humankind. Love, and all that flows out of the goodness of the one true love, come supernaturally. Without this love, how could we ever be healed and then care for each other with sincerity? Without this love, our vision is obscured; we could see love itself as hate, meekness as weakness, right as wrong, and hope as mere wishful thinking. We should know and have this love so that, when another driver cuts us off or someone plays politics, we are fit to act as God would will us to respond.
We should accept the diagnosis, given by the Spirit of the living God, so that our individual and societal prognosis would improve.
My strong recommendation is not solely aimed at people who do not know God. This is for all who consider themselves to be healthy in spirit; in this spirit, if it is genuine, the heart desires peace above all else.
If we are tolerant of the infirmities of our unchecked hatred — however inconsequential they might seem and inasmuch as we cannot hold onto God’s noble principles that bring peace — we would become hopeless as we race against one another toward destruction.
Now that we know what is good for us, please let us stand together for the conviction of our hatefulness toward all of God’s children. Surely, we must humbly accept the truth about our unhealthy ways so that, one day, we could be freed from the death of this life.
Criminal conviction is for punishment. But the alternative “conviction,” to which I am referring, is spiritual and is for shackles of the flesh to be removed so that, by God’s mercy and with His help, we could unchain ourselves from all things that are of hate and that shall ultimately pass away.
May your heart be made healthy and free by the One who defined His love for us; as His meaning is written in His Word,
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.“
– See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)
Do you have, or would you like to have, a heart that is truly healthy?
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