Do You Want To Be Well? (John 5:6)

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I can’t recall ever hearing sick or disabled people say that they want to remain in that condition. However, I am convinced that some people do. Although they dislike their ailment, they really want to hang on to it because it gives them an excuse for dodging their responsibilities. Likewise, some people refuse to give up habits and foods that they know are shortening their lives. They just don’t want to discipline themselves to make the changes that are necessity to improve their health.

The same is true in the spiritual realm. Some people don’t want to change their thinking or repent of their sin. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day preferred to continue in their spiritual blindness rather than accept Him as their Messiah and be made whole.

The Lord stands ready today to liberate people enslaved to drugs, alcohol, or immoral conduct. He wants to deliver us from jealousy, selfish anger, and greed. But He won’t do it until we want to be cleansed, liberated, and changed. And we must be willing to accept the responsibility of a new way of life.

How about it? Is there some area of weakness that needs God’s healing touch? Then let’s be completely honest and ask ourselves, “Do I really want to be made well?” – Herbert Vander Lugt

Plenteous grace with Thee is found,

Grace to cover all my sin;

Let the healing streams abound,

Make and keep me pure within. – Wesley

Only those who admit their weakness can be strong in the Lord.

  • July 15, 1992, Our Daily Bread
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