1 Thessalonians 5:14d
…….. reminds us…..to be patient with all…….
I waited patiently yesterday, for my husband to call me and say he was ready to be picked up. Actually, I should correct that and say – I waited impatiently.
I took him to hospital as he was suffering yet another bout of cellulitis. He is lately getting this condition every 6 – 8 weeks. It is very painful and when the attack is severe, he needs intravenous antibiotics to stop the spread of infection. He has been told there is no cure so, it is imperative to ‘catch’ the infection in the early stages.
A sinful spirit can also cause much suffering. Often the victim is ourself but many times it is our loved ones – as they wait for our condition to change or at least improve.
God’s spiritual infilling is the fastest treatment. Just as intravenous antibiotics work thoroughly for our physical being, the Holy Spirit infiltrates our entire spiritual being – healing as it travels through us.
Fortunately, no hospital visit is necessary for this method of treatment – all it takes is admitting we are guilty of wrongdoing and asking God for forgiveness. Then, of course, we need to follow His directions carefully to maintain our recovery. The Bible guides us through the necessary steps; how to live and treat others. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a tells us how to behave: how to love and be loved.
Our modern day “throw-away” society encourages us to get rid of people and things in our lives that are difficult to handle or use, but does not address what the next step is – except to say, replace it!
The Bible is specific and easy to understand……the result can be miraculous and long-lasting if we stick to the rules. Likewise, treatment with antibiotics is awesome in the speed with which it aids recovery from physical illness – but it is still necessary, in some instances, to carefully monitor the condition and watch for a re-occurrence.
Returning to yesterday, of course, my husband did call – after seven hours of waiting and testing and treatment. We praised and thanked God it was cellulitis again, and nothing more. Secretly, I praised God for giving me wisdom to wait more gracefully than when I began my wait. Thankfully, I realized even then I was glad I was the one receiving spiritual treatment in my waiting and not the one needing the medical treatment.
Acts 20:35 It is more blessed to give than to receive…..(NKJV)
Mmm…..I received grace and my husband, thankfully, received medication to ease his discomfort.
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