If I could give you the antidote for one of, if not the, most destructive disease in the world, would you take it? Avoidance of a known contagious disease is the best protection, but in this case there is a cure. Read on for Og Mandino’s take on this terrible and rampant disease.
“Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.”
As a rule the ultra-negative people have sunk into some sort of despair over the rigors of life, death of loved ones, loss of money, possessions, status in the community and numerous other events. The resulting despair grows into bitterness, and out of a heart full of this arsenic of the soul the mouth utters and spreads the contagious plague.
Symptoms of the plague are a tendency to give up on God’s promises, loss of hope, marked impatience, and an acceptance of the poisoned speech of others, along with the willful spreading of the toxic words and thoughts. Dr. Peter’s symptoms resulted in his famous but utterly negative phrase, “I go a fishing.” His negative activity resulted in John’s statement concerning the effort, “and that night they caught nothing.”
Solomon identified the root of the disease, and the cure, in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
As long as Christ lives, the empty tomb is filled with hope.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly