How to Treat Soul Cancer
This devotional was written by Doug Fields
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. —James 1:21 (NLT)
As a child of the 70’s in Southern California I was painfully I to the potential skin damage that was waiting in my future. Honestly, all I remember about sun protection was the Coppertone ads (and the girl’s bikini bottom being pulled down by a dog). Sunburns sucked, but being tan was a high value as a teenager, so Coppertone simply blocked my bronze potential. Instead of sunscreen, I opted for baby-oil (and Hawaiian Tropic).
Needless to say, 30 years later I have a very intimate and frequent relationship with my dermatologist. He’s a great guy, but standing before him in my underwear every 3 months while he scans every inch of my body, and then reports his findings to a nearby female scribe isn’t my idea of a party. But, it’s my reality.
I’m starting to get used to having skin cancers cut out. First, the doctor cuts, and then the tissue is evaluated. Next, if any signs of cancer are still remaining in the margins of the cut tissue, a larger cut is made. This procedure continues until the margins are clean and the cancer is gone.
I’ve been reflecting on the steps taken to eradicate the cancer and how they’re actually similar steps toward removing the cancer residing within one’s inner world.
Consider the similarities…here’s what I’ve done to treat the skin cancer:
1. I realized the need to be evaluated.
2. I went to someone who could help.
3. The “problem” areas were thoroughly investigated and recorded.
4. Surgical plans were made to eradicate the problem.
5. Surgery will be performed.
6. A close inspection follows to ensure the problem is eliminated.
7. A regular follow up is schedule to safeguard against the problem returning.
I realize that dealing with the dark issues that loom in the soul are much more difficult to identify than a mole or freckle changing its shape. But I also know that the insidious inner cancer within the heart is easy to hide. They are issues like pride, untamed anger, lust, selfish ambition, greed, jealousy, deep insecurity, revenge, wounded relationships, lack of forgiveness, inappropriate relationships, and a mean spirit.
As you look at your own life, don’t wait for issues to fester, allowing soul cancers to grow. Find someone who can help you prepare for the needed surgery. Invite others to the table of honesty and deal with issues before they deal you a world of pain and hurt.
Please don’t wait another week go by without taking steps toward healing. None of us are immune.
1. What’s the sickness that you’ve been hiding that could destroy your spiritual health and your relationships?
2. What is your plan of action to cut out the spiritual cancer from your life?