Youth - May 2016
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May 2016
by Hector Meza

We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles." 2 Cor 4:17

"Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross. He did this so that we would stop living for sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you were healed." 1 Peter 2:24

I marvel at all the pharmaceutical ads out there. We live in a world of remedies. There seem to be pills, creams and procedures for just about any ailment out there. And with each one there appears to be an even larger list of side effects. Nausea, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and irregular digestive patterns are just a few to mention. How badly do you have to want a cure that you would risk more discomfort and possibly even death?

Yet when we consider our spiritual healing, Jesus never promised us an easier life as a result of the healing either. The side effects of being healed by Jesus may include tension with unbelieving family members or friends, ridicule, imprisonment or even death. People suffering with cancer may have to undergo difficult treatments with severe side effects but they are willing to do it because they know that the end result means life.

In our lives also there may be times when God must perform a spiritual removal of a "tumor". Other times our identity as a follower of Jesus may give us a "headache" of some sort. Our pride and desires may have to shrink under the heat of God's "radiation". Through these pains we need to consider that side effects are temporary but the cure that Jesus has promised is eternal. This world and its struggles will fade away to a world where Christ has full control. He will wipe away any of our tears then.

Let us not pursue the snake oil treatments the world has to offer. Let's trust the Good Doctor to heal us no matter what the treatment or its side effects.

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