By Charles Towne
What qualifies one to be divinely healed?
One gent wrote that God cannot heal us as long as there is sin in our lives. That sounds sort of out of kilter to me due to the fact that we are all sinners, me, you, and, sister Sue. Yeah, we are all sinners, and yet we hear of healings. If man can only be healed when he is without sin, that indicates that there must be is a sinless state that man can aspire to in this life, Right?
Now you and I know that we are sinners, don’t we? Go ahead, admit it, it’s alright, we know the truth. So now that it is established that we are sinners, is there anything that we can do to render us deserving of healing?
Due to breathing the fine dust in my woodworking shop for nearly thirty years I was eventually diagnosed with COPD. With COPD, or emphysema as it is commonly called, the lungs lose their flexibility and over time one finds it increasingly difficult to breathe. I eventually had to sleep sitting in a chair due to the fact that if I laid down in bed I started to suffocate.
I felt like an old, a very old, Marlboro man. Activities that I enjoyed and found commonplace (yeah, that too) were rendered impossible. I visited the emergency room of our local hospital so many times I was on first name terms with the doctors and nurses. Previously I had several doctors inform me that there was nothing they could do for me, that eventually, this damnable disease would kill me, “so get used to the fact!”
The last time I went into the hospital I was there for six days and when I went home I was sicker than when I was admitted. I felt like I was dying. I cried out to our God, and He, in His mercy, heard me.
Today I am breathing, and sleeping better than I have in years. Am I in a sinless state? No. Do I deserve healing? No. Do I believe He has healed me? Oh yes, a thousand times yes! Simply put, It does not depend on our worthiness, but His great, boundless, infinite love.
Oh God, how I love you. You take man where you find him, and there you perform what only you can perform, a miracle of transformation and grace. Thank you oh merciful God, thank you for what you have done, and what you are about to do in each of our lives. I believe that is what it boils down to is us being willing to be available to and for His purpose.
Are we Sinners? Yes.
I don’t believe there is such a thing on this earth as a sinless man, and I don’t care if he does call himself the grand poobah of Podunk! The essential thing is That we love God because He first loved us, and if we love Him we are going to endeavor to live our lives in such a way that we will please Him. Perhaps it is simplistic but that is the only requirement for healing to my way of thinking.
Trust God, and make a difference, today.
Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.