Spiritual Illness

Imagine that you are in a doctor’s office, waiting to hear the news. The doctor walks in with a dark look on his face. The news is terrible to bear: you have a terrible illness. The illness can be cured, but only if you change your lifestyle and begin a regiment of medicine and exercise.

What will you do?

Chances are that you will change your lifestyle and begin that regiment of medicine and exercise. After all, if you do not, you will lose your life!

But what if, in this situation, someone refused to change? What if that person denied that he or she were ill and refused to believe that they needed treatment? What if the symptoms and problems associated with the illness were plain to see, and the person still denied that there was a problem? What would you think of such a person? More likely than not, you would think that such a person was going to suffer greatly and lose their life unnecessarily– all because they would not consider the fact that they were sick.

Such things are easy to think about and to understand in terms of physical illness. The same is true, moreover, regarding spiritual matters and spiritual illness. Jesus says the following in Matthew 9:12-13:

But when he heard it, he said, “They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what this meaneth,’ I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

We can learn from the Bible what spiritual sickness is: sin. Sin separates us from our God (Isaiah 59:1), and sin leads us to death (Romans 6:23). All of us have sinned, and therefore all of us are in danger of dying spiritually (Romans 3:23).

Consider yourself, then, in the spiritual Doctor’s office, and recognize that you have now heard that you have the terrible illness of sin. While it may sound grim, you can be delivered from your sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, and obtain eternal life by changing your life and no longer serving sin (Romans 6:20-23), and being in association with fellow Christians (Hebrews 3:12-14, Hebrews 10:24-25).

The question now must be: will you accept this reality, or will you deny that you have the sickness and believe that you are healthy? As Jesus said, He has come to call the sinners, not the “righteous”. Do not be deceived: not one person is truly righteous save Jesus the Christ. Jesus is not saying that there are righteous people inasmuch as He is saying that there are people who believe that they are righteous when they really are not. Just because you have a comfortable life and evil has not befallen you does not mean that you are healthy (Luke 12:16-21). Just because you go to a church and think that you have become righteous does not mean that you are healthy (Matthew 7:21-23). Only when you recognize that you are sick and in need of the Great Physician can you become spiritually well. Come to Him today!

ELDV

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