My ear throbbed and ached, and relief was nowhere to be found. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic, yet the pain continued. My tolerance for pain is extremely high, and I was sure the inside of my ear must be bleeding profusely as the eardrum vibrated with agony. Worst. Ear. Infection. Ever!
I mentioned the problem to a church friend, and she shared about a time her ears had been infected due to acid reflux backing up in her ear canal. I didn’t even know that could happen. Reading about the problem helped me discover that acid reflux is often caused by eating and then lying down shortly after a meal. Sitting up helps keep the digestive juices from slipping into the esophagus, throat, and at times even the ear canal.
I now try to avoid eating for several hours before bedtime and make sure to keep upright so the digestive process can properly work. My esophagus, throat, and ear canals have been much happier.
I wonder how many people are nibbling away on sin, lying down in sin, thinking no harm will come? Sin is like acid reflux, eating away, infecting, destroying, and causing agony. No sin is just a “little” sin, every sin comes with a negative consequence.
However, there is good news. The love of Jesus Christ covers sin with His grace for those who come seeking His mercy.
Got sin? Jesus is the cure and relief for sin agony. Jesus Christ heals, restores, and grants new life.
“When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.” ~ Psalm 32:3 (NASB)
“When you were spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were not free from the power of your sinful self, God made you alive with Christ, and he forgave all our sins. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” ~ Colossians 2:13 (NCV), Colossians 1:13-14 (NASB)
“How happy he is whose wrong-doing is forgiven, and whose sin is covered! How happy is the man whose sin the Lord does not hold against him…” ~ Psalm 32:1-2 (NLV)
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