On Cancer and Sin

I have friends who, just this past 2 months, have family members who died of cancer. I hate cancer! My grandmother died from one, and it is not something you would wish even to your enemies. Hearing stories how the medical field have created, and still creating, treatments and medicines against cancer is amazing. Also, many organizations are formed to support cancer patients and their families, giving donations and other support is awesome beyond words. So, this is how it goes, we kill the cancer and we save the patient. Not only save them from the imminent death but also to give that person the love and support he/she needs. Right?

How I wish it goes the same on how we treat sin and sinners. We kill the sin and we save the sinners. Not only that, but we also give them the love and support they need. Instead, we judge them, ridicule them, and we drive them out of the church. We became too religious and we forgot why we are in the church in the first place. Jesus, puts it this way . . .

And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:30-32

 

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The hospital is a place for sick people who wants to be well, as well as a church a place for sinners who wants to be forgiven. Jesus came not to call the righteous but the sinners to repent. If we, the church, treat the sin and the sinner the way the hospital treat the disease and the patient, then more and more people will come to the church to receive forgiveness and spiritual healing. We do not justify sin; we kill sin; we welcome sinners because they need help. We all need help because we are all sinners in need of a Savior. We are not holy because we are in the church; we are holy because Jesus forgave us and made us holy. Who are we, then, to deny people of that benefit?

160  Current mood: I’m alive!

Know your benefits

My mom was rushed to the ER this week. Hindi ko na explain kung bakit pero ok na siya. She’s taking some meds and on her way to recovery.

At tulad ng dati na relate ko na naman ang situation na ito sa ating spiritual walk with God.

Meron health card si mom at gusto namin, of course, mamaximize ang benefits ng kanyang plan. Problem lang hindi binabasa ni mom yung policy ng plan niya. The day I took her to the hospital, ang una kong hinanap sa kanya ay ang kanyang health card na kasama nung plan—para yun sa identification at dun na rin namin iwiwithdraw yung reimbursement after.  So tinanong ko sa kanya kung activated na yung card, and she said no, at tinanong ko kung binasa niya yung policy and other papers na kasama nun . . .

she said no.

Naisip ko tuloy na most of us are like that. When we gave our lives to Christ we know that we have some benefits—we are forgiven of our sins, we are saved from the fires of hell, and we are part of God’s family—these are the basic benefits, pero madaming nakakabit dito na iba pang benefits.

Yes, alam natin ang “grace” pero alam ba natin yung benefits nito? Kapag nagkaroon tayo ng problem do we really believe that God will help us? Kapag malungkot tayo, do we ask God for joy and peace? Kapag kulang ang ating money, do we trust that He will provide? Kapag meron tayong sakit, do we pray and ask for healing?

Do we worry instead of asking and trusting that He’ll do what He has promised? Do we even know His promises in the first place?

Madami pa rin akong hindi alam, that is why I need to read the Bible. The more I know about His promises to us, the more I am at peace that He who gave the promises is faithful to fulfill it.

Stop worrying and start reading the bible—it’s better if we know our benefits. 🙂

1Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—3who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm  103:1-5)

 

  current mood: Feeling supah star!