AS WE look about us we observe that sickness is accepted as the usual thing. In fact, it is almost a rarity to find someone who has not had a major illness or an operation. But this is not according to God's way. One of the blessings that he promised to those who obey Him is freedom from sickness. Ex. 23:25: "And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee." Likewise, one of the curses for disobedience is disease - Deut. 28:60. "But," you may say, "how does that apply to our eating habits?" Just this. It is much harder to exhibit the virtues of love, patience, and long-suffering if your body is constantly causing you to be irritable because of physical trouble. In I Cor. 9:25, Paul exhorts us to be "temperate in all things." It is in this mortal state that we must overcome our passions, and therefore we must employ every means at our disposal to aid us in this struggle.
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