You have a disease. Or many illnesses. It cripples your mornings, costs your afternoons, and keeps you up at night. You take whatever medicine the doctor tells you to take, feel better or worse, find some hope, lose some hope, and do it all over again.
You’re sick and tired of people telling you 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 our sickness.
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, Jesus steps in and halts my mind.
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 His 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’ve known it for years. I know the agony of what disease does to our body and how the pain feels like a never-ending heart attack. 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 online 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 hope.
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”
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It’s not how we were knocked down. It’s how often, how many times we get up. Still praising God. The blind man’s story yes, and Job’s.
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Thanks for this post. I really wish I had someone I could really unburden to. Life with FND has been too hard for me. This helps though, to know that in the midst of all this others are there who know and understand even if I don’t know them.
Wow. I never had anyone say that my illness is from my sin, I am not sure how I would handle that. I would do everything possible to keep calm and address it, but that would have to be the most asinine thing I ever heard. Also, if the people say it is from a sin it is those same people who believe that there is a God and no where in the bible that claims illness is from a sin. Look at Job, I think it was, while he was going through his trail.
Yep, so very true Doug! I cannot express he jilt of pain that I felt when I read this is an email…I was shocked but I knew this needed to be addressed in a biblical sincere way. Thanks for the read and happy weekend!
This post is so important for encouraging Christians and all who have chronic and other other illnesses. Love it and am following from my other blogs as well. God bless. Prayed for you this morning.
Wow, thank you so much! I truly appreciate it! Blessings to you!
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I do not have lupus. I have three other autoimmune issues.
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