Livi has had stomach issues off and on for the last couple of years. Two years ago we went down a long journey with her pediatrician and GI doctor. The eventual result was to get her “regular” and for her to grow out of it, whatever “it” was.
In recent months she’s been complaining of her stomach hurting again and headaches too. The doctor prescribed medication to help, but those symptoms are hard to treat when you don’t know the precipitating cause is. We then started to notice she complained less about her stomach when she ate foods that were gluten free. When she eats a gluten-heavy meal she always complains about her stomach hurting.
Livi has decided, independently, to go gluten free (mostly). She knows her body feels better when she doesn’t consume it. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t struggle with the desire to eat the same food her peers eat. She loves those chicken nuggets from McDonalds and chicken strips from Chick-Fil-A. And after she eats them to her hearts desire she gets sick.
Sin is the same. We want sin, we crave sin. Sin tastes good. And, after we’ve eaten it, we get sick. Our souls ache from the after effects just like our bodies ache after gluten consumption.
A gluten-free life style isn’t about what you can’t have, its about the positive side effects from what you choose to have. In the same way Christian living is about the relationship with Christ you have when there is an absence of sin. When you choose to live a life free from sin, you find true love, joy, grace, mercy and hope.
If you are struggling with sin today, be encouraged to say no. Don’t let sin enter your life and rob you of your joy in Christ. Choose joy today. Choose love and grace and mercy and hope. Say no to sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Romans 6:11-12 – So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.-9
1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Romans 12:21 – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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