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God's view of a lingering Illness

Lingering illness can be a challenging experience for anyone. Whether it is a physical, emotional, or mental condition, it can take a toll on your well-being and leave you feeling hopeless. However, a believer can find comfort and hope in God's word. In this article, we will explore God's view of a lingering illness, how to find hope in Him, how to change, and how to stay changed.

  1. God's view of lingering illness When we look at the Bible, we can see that God is compassionate and loving toward those suffering. He is a God who heals and restores. For example, in James 5:14-15, we read, "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the church elders to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them."

God desires us to be healthy and whole. He cares about our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Psalm 103:2-3, it says, "Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases." We can trust that God is with us in our suffering and can heal us.

  1. My Hope In times of illness, it can be easy to lose hope. But as believers, we have hope that goes beyond our circumstances. In Romans 5:3-5, we read, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

We can find hope in God's promises and His character. He is faithful and never leaves or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5). We can trust that He will be with us in our suffering and use it for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

  1. How do I change? When facing a lingering illness, giving up and losing sight of the things that matter most can be tempting. However, believers are called to trust God and seek Him in all circumstances. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by renewing your mind. Then you can test and approve God’s will—his good, pleasing, and perfect will."

Changing our mindset and focus can be challenging but possible with God's help. We can start by spending time in prayer and reading His word. Then, we can ask Him to help us see our situation through His eyes and to give us the strength and courage to keep going.

  1. How do I stay changed? Making lasting changes in our lives requires ongoing effort and commitment. It is not something that happens overnight. However, with God's help, we can stay changed and grow in our faith. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all this through him who strengthens me."

Staying changed involves staying connected to God and a community of believers. We can continue to pray, read the Bible, and attend church. We can also seek support from others who have gone through similar experiences. By staying connected and accountable, we can continue to grow and progress in our healing journey.

In conclusion, lingering illness can be a challenging experience, but as believers, we can find hope and comfort in God.

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