#5571 – Stop Sinning

Good morning people who do not shrink back from the difficult sayings of Jesus.

I am about to share a scripture that is open to misinterpretation. Actually, every word of Jesus and the Word of God is open to misinterpretation. And this is why we need the Spirit of God who breathed God’s Word into existence to be the source of all interpretation for all Scripture.

So, let’s lean in together and hear the Spirit of God.

John 5:14 NIV Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

Jesus said this to the man who had been paralysed for thirty-eight years.

Now, I want to make something clear, but I want to do so without overstating it in order to make it comfortable and palatable for every person: Not every sickness is a result of sin.

The following scripture is important to note:

John 9:2-3 NIV His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Not every sickness is the result of sin. But some sicknesses are the result of sin.

Clearly there was sickness that was affecting the life of the paralysed man in John 5, otherwise Jesus never would have said “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” This is not unloving of Jesus; it is very loving! Jesus wanted him to remain well, therefore, He spoke the truth in love.

Here’s an insightful verse:

Proverbs 14:30 NIV A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Is it possible that repentance is a key to your healing?

I pray the Holy Spirit will make the truth clear to every humble heart today. May healing flow into everybody that is sick.