You have a disease. It cripples your mornings, costs your afternoons, and keeps you up at night. You take whatever medicine the doctor tells you to take, get sick of it, try a homeopathic way, can’t do it alone, go back to your medicine, change doctors, try to find a happy medium. Start all over again.

You’re sick.

You’re tired.

You’re sick and tired of what people tell you about why you’re sick when every part of your body that’s hurting feels like it has its own heartbeat.

Then someone tells you you’re sick because of the sin in your life. You’ve heard the speeches about how you should eat better and that you did this to yourself, but you haven’t heard this before.

Please remember this one thing dear friend:

Remember the blind man Jesus healed.

Remember Jesus’ words when his disciples asked him who had sinned and why the man was born blind. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:1-3).

I’m not a theologian nor a preacher, but I don’t think it’s hard to understand what Jesus is simply saying here.

What we think is unfortunate in our lives could very well be one of the deepest, most amazing ways God displays His glory. It’s through the trial. It’s through the aching. It’s through the disease.

Every once in a while, I’ll find myself trying to make sense of pain and suffering. Yes, it’s a very large thought indeed. While my mind will start racing to answer, my heart will come in with very simple reasoning.

Perhaps pain draws us to God. Perhaps we cannot grow spiritually or even morally for that matter if pain was non-existent; we cannot show compassion unless there is someone in desperate cry for care. We cannot give to the needy if no one has less than us. Everyone’s pain is an opportunity to show tender-hearted love.

I don’t know your story or what chronic illness you’re going through, but I do have empathy for you. I understand because I know chronic pain—I know it well and I know it young. I know the burns, the painful joints, the flares, the extreme fatigue, the headaches. I know the feeling of wanting to toss the papers that read normal life out the window. Our stories may be totally different or on the contrary seemingly similar. We may not understand why we have a disease, but our pain is not hopeless. And our pain isn’t because of the reasons a random person at the food market tells us it is; there is no one cause of pain. It’s what God himself is stirring in us; what God is doing in us through it for others. And it’s beautiful.

We all know that all it takes is one forged smile to hide an aching soul—to hide what’s really going on. Be real with the ones that love you; hold their hands while you’re sipping your morning coffee and pour your heart out. Talk with others going through chronic pain, you’re not alone. Don’t let the words of others that don’t understand dictate your life.

Have faith in the pain. Remember the blind man Jesus healed—remember His words, dear friend.

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47 thoughts on “The One Thing to Remember When Someone says Sin is the Cause of your Disease

  1. Thank you for this post. It really spoke to my heart. I’ve dealt with pain in one form or another all my life and have told it was my own fault for a multitude of reasons. I’ve been trying to convince myself they were wrong. What could a child do to deserve what I went through? But this post helped me see in a totally different way. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am.
    God bless you and your family. 🤗

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    1. I am so happy this post helped you see it in a different way <3 So happy it spoke to you and I pray the best for you and God is good all the time! :)

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  2. This is a really good post. As one who deals with Lupus. I have heard similar statements.

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  3. AMEN! The Church has done a lot of damage, totally missed the scriptural mark when Believers ask the sick to “examine themselves for unconfessed sin”. They are particularly hard on folks with Depression/Anxiety, as though mental health issues do not qualify as “illness”/disease. I know this from personal experience. I will certainly keep you in my prayers, as I do believe Jesus still heals today–but “healing” can come in myriad ways. There are some great Contemporary Christians songs out currently–I like “Even If”, and also the Natalie Grant one with the line, “help me seek the Healer, not the healing” (or something close to that). I’d love for Him to heal me–but I can say with 100% sincerity (not putting a spiritual “spin” on things) that my depression has provided fertile soil for a growing intimacy with the Lord that I never dreamed could exist. I can only speak for myself, but as difficult as disabling mental health issues have made my life, I doubt I would have this deep relationship with Him if I’d I been born a “happy camper”. I wouldn’t trade what I’ve gained in my “silver years” (I’m 65). Sorry to ramble on–and may God continue to bless you abundantly with His favor :)

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    1. No I completely understand! I do believe healing comes in many ways…whether or not I am healed or not– GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD and there is so much beauty in the pain and purpose of what He does. God bless you! And I don’t mind the conversation..I love wisdom from people older than me!

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  4. Savannah,
    Thank you for exhibiting true faith. Well done good and faithful servant. This Maundy Thursday and going forward your
    health and excellent years are in my prayers.
    ;-D an

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