71. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you (John 5:14).
These words of Jesus to the man He healed have focused many on the possible connection between sin and sickness. But beyond that important question lies another–how often do we continue in our sinful path after Jesus has removed sin from our lives? Forgiveness is a powerful form of healing, and we rejoice when we are given such a gift. But isn’t it squandered when we then return to the very things Jesus washed from our lives? Sin and sickness may not be related in every case, but sin and bad consequences are permanently joined at the hip.