Spicy food bites back


The Bible often mentions healing that comes with confessing sins. When someone has sin in their life, it’s like spicy food that comes back to bite. When God created us, He made us in His image; without sin. Once we sinned, our bodies are fighting and warring against us in an effort to find relief. When we refuse to share our burdens and confess our sins to God and one another, our bodies start to protest. It could begin with heartburn, then work on abdominal pains. It we still refuse or don’t even realize that we are holding in sin, our bodies could begin to ache between the shoulder blades, to lower back, our hamstrings. Those symptoms are related to walking or running, so we stretch out all the muscles and try relaxing exercises. Stretching doesn’t totally fix the aches, so we continue to experience headaches, fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes and nausea. We go to the doctor and after a full exam; he concludes we are stressed. Sin has a way of producing real symptoms of illness. We weren’t made for it! The cycle begins with sin, a negative emotion is associated with the sin, the emotion begins to stress the body, and the body reacts in pain and real symptoms. James spoke specifically about how to live: “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should calls the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5: 13-14).

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