“Dear cancer! I’m done with you! Please leave! Go away and don’t ever come back! Leave my friends and loved ones alone right now!” I wish I could write a letter like that and make some sort of impact. Of course, that’s not the way it works. But, I’ve learned some things about cancer.
Cancer knows no stranger. In other words, cancer comes along and infects the lives of people of all walks of life. It doesn’t matter who you are.
Cancer eats away a little at a time. It usually starts small, inside, and gradually develops over time into the monster we later see and grow to hate.
Cancer gets worst if neglected. Ignoring it or downplaying it doesn’t get rid of it or reduce its effect one iota. Instead, it just continues to spread.
Cancer can lead to death. This is not the case with all kinds of cancer, but when we hear the word, that is the “worst case scenario” that often runs through our minds.
Cancer is not contagious. Just because one person has it does not mean someone can “catch it” from them. It is very personal to the individual.
Cancer can often be treated with pinpointed treatments that target the core of the disease.
Cancer is one of our least-favorite topics, but I’ve noticed some similarities to a spiritual topic. Go back and replace the word “cancer” with the word “sin.”
“Dear sin! I’m done with you! Please leave! Go away and don’t ever come back! Leave my friends and loved ones alone right now!” I wish I could write a letter like that!
Like cancer, sin knows no stranger. It is a universal problem (Rom. 3:23; 1 John 1:8).
Like cancer, sin eats away a little at a time. Once conceived, it continues to grow (Jas. 1:13-15).
Like cancer, sin gets worse if neglected. It hardens hearts, leading to further sin (Matt. 13:15).
Like cancer, sin can lead to death. If one does not repent and turn from sin, it will lead to eternal separation from God (Rom. 6:23; 1 John 5:16-17).
Like cancer, sin is not contagious. It is a personal act committed and not “caught” from someone else (Ezek. 18:20).
Like cancer, sin can be treated with pinpointed treatments of God’s Word (Psa. 119:11; Matt. 4:1-11).
I am so sick of cancer! But, even more, I am so sick of sin! It is harming spiritually so many I know and love! If you are struggling with cancer, please keep fighting! If you are struggling with sin, please keep fighting! Don’t give up!