Pastor’s July 12th Epistle

Pastor’s July 12th Epistle

Ran into this meme the other day and it bothered me, I mean, really, who would not want to be healed?!

Then I thought of the invalid at the pool of Bethesda in John 5.  Here was a man who had laid by the pool for thirty eight years.  At that point, it is a life style.  Jesus asked him, “do you want to get well?”  The man then gave his excuse, not yes or no, but that he was too slow, others were always ahead of him.

When I think of the things that make us physically ill such as diet, smoking, drinking, and lack of exercise and restraint and more. then, when asked if we want to be healed, we have excuses.  When I think of the things that make us spiritually weak and ill such as sin, addictions, fear, complacency, and when asked if we want to be healed and be closer to God, we list our excuses: time, hard to understand, preacher this, teacher that, busy, fear, anger, hurt, change.  What is your excuse that keeps you from being closer to God?

Are you willing to let an excuse keep you from the best relationship in the universe?  I become more convinced each day there shall be nothing that separates me from the God who loves me.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

You too are invited to set aside the excuses and come to the healing love of God.  Are you willing to be healed?

In Service,

Pastor Dave

Edwardsville UMC
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