Too Sick To Do Anything

Q. If we are bought with a price (which we are) that means we are not free to do anything we want to. I have been sick and cannot do anything but lie down and listen to the TV. I cannot concentrate on the bible and I do not feel like listening to bible teachings. I just want to do nothing but to make the time pass so I have the TV on. My question is this: am I in sin because of this? I have an enormous amount of guilt. I hurt physically and just do not want to get into the bible right now. Please do not sugar coat for me.

A. The phrase you quoted is from 1 Corinthians 6:20. The context of 1 Cor. 6:12-20 is avoiding sexual misconduct. Paul warned us that sexual sin is committed with one’s body which is now a Temple of the Holy Spirit. Since we were bought with a price (the Blood of Jesus) we no longer have the right to use our bodies in that manner. This passage does not apply to cases of physical illness. I have rarely been so sick I couldn’t even get up enough energy to think, let alone act, but it has happened. This is the body’s way of telling us it needs all our energy to get well. Feeling guilty about being unproductive only makes it worse.

I’m assuming you’ve been asking the Lord to take the illness away. If not, you should definitely be doing that. It can only help.

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