PART TWO: How's Your (Spiritual) Health?
If you, too, commit this sin then you will, also, suffer a similar spiritual dissolution, right here, right now, and in this life! According to Almighty God’s perfect will the only hope sinners have to avoid such a dire conclusion to their mortal lives on Earth rests in acceptance of The Lord Jesus Christ’s personal sacrifice for sin - A sacrifice that He made on behalf of all our erring souls. (Revelation 20:11-15)
(The profound spiritual truth is that: ‘Tartarus’ is darkness. Darkness is conscious confusion; and, if none of us had erred then none of us would be here. THIS is the simple truth of the matter!)
Envy is horrible. Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?” (Proverbs 27:4). It is jealous resentment of others, which is devilish and hellish. (James 3:14-16). It is pride and selfishness gone to seed. It cannot stand the praise or success of others; it rejoices when others fall; it despises their virtues; it labors day and night to paint others in an evil light. Once you give your heart and mind over to a terrible master like envy, you cannot ever escape its dark adverse effects against your soul - Not even while you attempt to sleep in bed!
The Book of Proverbs use many metaphors and figures of speech with which to describe the human intellect and condition. This is, ‘Why’ Sacred Scripture calls Solomon’s wisdom, ‘dark sayings’. (Proverbs 1:6; John 16:25) King Solomon, also, used body parts to represent other things such as the lips and tongue for speech; (Proverbs 12:19) and the belly for, both, soul and life. (Proverbs 20:27,30) Solomon’s wisdom makes it clear that, ‘rottenness of bones’ is a simile for grief and pain; AND this wise and great king was able to do all this without any direct or literal application to modern medical identifications of either leukemia, or other bone and marrow diseases. (Proverbs 12:4).
Proverbs 14:30 teaches several levels of trouble that are brought about by various sins and, in particular, envy. First, envy will ruin your overall success as a godly and wise man. This is the primary reason to keep your heart with all due diligence. (Proverbs 4:23) Second, envy will eat away at your physical health like a, ‘rat gnawing cheese! Third, there is also Almighty God’s irrevocable promise to ruin your health for sinful living. (Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 28:27,35)
Sins of the heart affect the soul. Sins of the soul affect the mind; and, sins of the mind affect the body. Today these powerful ailments are called, ‘psychosomatic illnesses’. In the Holy Bible Amnon, David’s son, lusted so greatly after his half-sister Tamar that his lust made him physically ill. (II Samuel 13:2) Craving what God had forbidden him to possess made him sick; and his sickness and obsession led Amnon into sin - A sin of rape followed by disgust at what he had done; and ultimately Amnon’s sin cost him, both, his life AND his soul. If, however, Amnon had feared God, respected His will, and rejected evil, then, it would have been as, ‘health to his navel and marrow to his bones’. (Proverbs 3:7-8)
An excellent book on the details of psychosomatic illnesses caused by sin is, ‘None Of These Diseases’ by Drs. S. I. McMillen and David E. Stern. These doctors explain in easy-to-read chapters the ravaging physical effects of a sinful lifestyle. It is confirming to our faith that what the Creator has inspired and gifted men with in the Holy Bible is often far superior to modern medical treatment and pharmaceuticals! I have to wonder how many of those in mental hospitals and institutions are there due to longstanding and deeply rooted illnesses which are actually spiritual in nature? (Which are actually caused by none other than, ……… SIN, ITSELF!)
Consider a merry spirit: Recent studies have shown that people who laugh a lot, and enjoy life live longer than those who are morose and negative. A long time ago King Solomon wrote, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.’ (Proverbs 17:22) He, also, wrote, ‘He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.’ (Proverbs 15:15) Vitality comes from your spirit, not just from your diet! It is psychologically and physically IMPOSSIBLE for you to be merry while envying others!
You might be able to hide your envy from other men for awhile; but: backbiting, grudges, hatred, reviling, obfuscating, slander, or whispering will soon expose it. (Does any of this sound familiar to some of you guys?) Envy may indirectly consume your health through a stress-filled and angry heart; or it may straightforwardly ruin your body by direct physical judgment from God. What would a wise man do? Exchange your envy for love! (Proverbs 15:17) Consider Joshua’s envy in contrast to Moses’ humility and godliness. (Numbers 11:24-30) Which of these two men are you most like?
Every devout man who is anxious to please God must constantly examine himself to make certain that he is free of corrupting sins like envy - That horrible cause of problems in, both, body and soul. Many people examine their bodies for: lumps, blood pressure, cholesterol readings, or other symptoms of deadly diseases. Why not, then, also examine yourself for any imperfections of your soul? Are soulful anomalies not more dangerous, more disastrous, to your overall health than any physical problem ever could be!
What should you do whenever you discover that sin has taken root inside your intellectual being? Simple! Repent of your sins and petition The Christ for forgiveness. The innocent sacrificial blood of The Lord Jesus is available to all men for the forgiveness of their sins. (Proverbs 28:13; Job 33:27-28; & I John 1:9)
You have been warned!
EXTRAPOLATED FROM: Proverb For The Day | Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 | www.LetGodBeTrue.com | 212 Standing Springs Road | Simpsonville | SC | 29680