21st October, 2016
Dear brothers and sisters,
Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the body which invades healthy organs. It is a distressing disease which seems far away yet near. It attacks our friends and family and also our bodies and mind.
Over the past few years, we have been fighting against cancer. Leukaemia, lymphoma, brain tumour, liver and lung cancer, they attack our decaying bodies, and plot bitterness, moans in our hearts so that we fall into Satan’s traps in the midst of fear. We have to rely on the Lord to fight the good battle.
History of mankind is sinful people living in a sinful world, in an evil generation, under the curse of Satan. Our body is tortured by illness and death. The most important thing in life is to know Jesus, to believe in Him, to know that He is the only true God, to trust that He is the Saviour of the world, that His blood washes away our sins, that He died and rose to redeem our body, so that we can live fearlessly in the world. Yes, by living in
Christ Jesus we are justified and we stand boldly before God’s throne.
Before we know Jesus, we wander through this world alone. After knowing Jesus, He lives in our hearts and He walks beside us through high hills and valleys. He never forsakes us. It is in total helplessness that we are reminded of Jesus’ words on the cross, ‘My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?’ and in the deepest pain we may know more about Jesus’ suffering.
No, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Cor 4:16-17)
Dear brothers and sisters, faithful and courageous disciples, we do not lose heart to death, let alone the disease!
‘Cancer, how long can you boast?’
‘But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Cor 15:57)