Living with a chronic disease is difficult. If you are uncertain what that term means, here is a definition from the CDC; “Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.” The list of chronic diseases is long but includes such things as: Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, COPD, Crohn disease, Cystic fibrosis, Diabetes, Dementia, Epilepsy, Heart disease, HIV/AIDS, Kidney disease, Mood disorders, Multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson disease.
People can be at differing stages of those and others, and some may have more devastating effects, but the common thread is that they are ongoing. There is usually more talk about managing than curing them. Sometimes they are under control and other times there are major outbreaks, but they are always present, never forgotten. People close to the person can get frustrated and discouraged and sometimes are less than supportive. Often patients need to find either an expert who has studied and understands or someone else dealing with the same issue who can commiserate with them and offer advice and comfort.
There is another chronic condition that affects every human being. It is a congenital disease – one we are born with. It is what the Bible calls sin. We read in Romans 3:10; “as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” and a little later it says; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Like physical diseases it is something that we learn to manage. It too can frustrate and discourage those who are around us. It can seem under control at times and then we can have a “flare up.” We try to ignore it, but it never goes away.
The good news is that that there is a cure! Jesus, the Son of God, came into this world to live a life without sin. He went to the cross and died to pay the price for our sin and when we believe in him he takes our sin upon himself and gives us his righteousness. We still deal with the residual effects even after we trust in him, but even that has a way to find relief; “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 Jn. 1:9). Trust him today!