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1 John 3: A Cure for Cancer of the Heart

The word Cancer has always been a scary word to me like it is to most people. My grandmother died due to breast cancer when I was very young so the fear of getting cancer has always been very real.

Two weeks ago, just 10 weeks after delivering my 3rd daughter, I was told I have skin cancer- melanoma to be exact. Its not that I was scared for myself but rather the thought that I might not see my 3 girls grow up is what brought me to tears. The good news to my bad news was that the skin cancer was caught early and would simply need to be removed.

The thought of having cancer in my body is what drove me to tears. At first I wasn’t worried,

its only stage one,

it’s only skin cancer…

its not that serious………..right?

I found out the news on a Friday and had to wait until Monday to make the appointment to have the area on my leg removed. It was the waiting and the questions that came with the waiting that caused me to fear. It was in the waiting that I began to worry.

Could I have cancer somewhere else in my body?

Will the cancer come back?

Are my chances of getting other types of cancers higher now?

The truth to the matter is we all have cancer living inside of us….its called sin. And just like the cancer that was on my leg, we need to have the cancer removed or it can eventually spread through-out our body and kill us if left untreated.

This past week in 1 John 3 we read how we are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and that who ever hates his brother is a murderer. My commentary said this:

“Christianity is a religion of the heart; outward compliance alone is not enough. Bitterness against someone who has wronged you is an evil cancer within you and will eventually destroy you. Don’t let a “bitter root”  grow in you or your church.”

Bitterness or hatred against someone is a cancer of the heart and just like the cancer that was on my leg…..it needs to be cut out…for the sake of the patient.

Let me be honest with you, having the cancer cut out hurts. It might even leave a scar ……but it’s necessary in order to save your life.

Remember, love is an action not a feeling. Choose God over your hurt. Choose God over your desire to retaliate or not forgive. Choose God and allow the great physician to remove the cancer of your heart in order to save your life.

Love God Greatly,

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  1. Praise God that your cancer was discovered early! And praise God that you could use this spiritual parallel to warn and admonish our hearts :) bitterness is so easy to let linger until you realize that it starts becoming hateful thoughts! Thank you for sharing your heart and for encouraging us to kill this sin. I didn’t realize until doing this 1 John study that we could and need to kill sin in our hearts using the Sword – God’s Word! :) Praying for God’s peace in your heart to rule in light of your cancer scare!

  2. Angela,
    Praising God that your cancer was discovered early and able to be removed… I’m sorry for your pain & possible scar – but your right relating to this weeks reading – it will SO be worth it, to be the woman God calls you to be. As I get on my knees, praising Him for the doctors finding this early… asking for healing… & asking Him to show me of any cancer blocking my relationship with Him.
    Hugs girl, Hang in there, Lots of love, hugs, & Prayers.

  3. I am so glad they caught it early. Will be thinking of you and keep us updated on whatever you know.

  4. Angela,
    This brings me to tears because I’ve felt that fear before I had kids and can’t imagine how much worse it would be now. I had a cyst removed from my breast a few years ago and the wait for the results, thinking it could be malignant, was terrible. It’s funny how babies change you. Now my prayers are please God, let me stay here with my baby, he needs me. I know we have to trust in Him though. This Bible Study has me growing in my faith tremendously. Thank you! :)

  5. Oh Angela.. even in the midst of what you were going through you kept on ministering to the rest of us.. and we never even knew! Thank you for sharing this with us and for allowing God to use your situation to illustrate our bible study.

    My family and I will be praying for you, for God’s strength and for your own peace. He never ever leads us to something that He doesn’t empower us to go through.

    God bless and sending you hugs from across the seas.
    Lisa

  6. Hi Angela, I can relate to your cancer- I too, had melanoma 2 summers ago on the back of my thigh…I grew up on the ocean and spent many years without sunscreen protection, but regardless if this was already in my body and over the years it festered to cancer, I was scared. I spent many weeks preparing, reading, memorizing, praying over scripture to help me with those hours of surgery that would eventually be coming. Finally, the day came and the cancer was taken away- I was left with a 6 inch scar that dipped down 4 inches deep. My joke is it’s a “shark bite” from my younger years! Nonetheless, this entire experience brought me closer to my Lord and I totally depended on him for presurgery, post surgery and the physical and emotional healing that comes with the experience. From my experience, I used this time of healing at home to pray and strengthen my relationship with God, which was easier without daily distractions that I was used to having. God left me this life lesson so I could pass it on to someone else one day….this is for you. Life will happen and we will grow stronger through it with our Lord.

  7. Praise God it was found early enough and able to be treated. Praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing this and giving an example from our study. God bless you.

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  9. This was a blessing, Angela, thanks for sharing!! It’s a wonderful analogy, and one we need to be constantly reminded of. What a wonderful way to express the sin in our lives that needs to be dealt with daily!

    No doubt, this has been a very real and scary thing for you! I pray that God will use this for His honor and glory, as He has already starting doing; and I pray for His peace and healing upon you as you continue your life and walk with Him!

  10. Um, wow. I needed this today.

    I am feeling so low, so worn out, so not ready to jump back into “life”. I don’t know if it’s physical (exhaustion) or mental (laziness).
    Maybe a little of both?

    Anyways, thank you for this. I needed.

  11. Praying for you Angela. I often worry about what will happen to my loved ones if something were happen to me. I can’t imagine all that you are going through. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am glad to know how I can specifically be praying for you right now.

  12. I haven’t been keeping up-to-date on GMG this session, as I have been going through early stages of pregnancy, so I had NO idea about this! THANK-YOU, for managing to share something so valuable with us, whilst going through something so major. May you know God’s peace and grace at this time. Hugs from the UK. x

  13. Oh Angela I am glad you found it in time. Praise the Lord for that. Ill be praying for you. Thank you for keeping us on track with your words. Yes it is hard however following Jesus is not an easy road… Love you girl

  14. Dear Angela, Thank you for sharing! I’m so happy for you that it was caught early! Your thoughts toward your children ring so close to my heart.
    My Father died at age 42, after a short battle with leukemia. Praise God I was saved as a result of my loss. But I found a lump in my breast at age 37. They said it wasn’t cancer and we will keep an eye on it. I still painfully wondered will my 2 children have to go through the loss of their mother before they are adults. Well after a miscarriage, my husbands unemployment and other disappointments, “I lost it”. The tumer grew and I had it removed. That was a huge relief! But I have left a huge title wave of sin over the past 3+ yrs. 1st John is exactly what I needed to study!
    I am so thankful for GMG. Though I’m not linked with a group, I check in when I can and am greatly encouraged to look to the Lord Jesus for all I need to have victory over the trials in this life. Thank you for all the extra you are giving to encourage Christian women:0)

  15. Amazing perspective you shared with us in light of what you have been through. (((Hugs to you))), dear sister in Christ. I’ll pray that you are fully healed and God’s peace will continue to wash over your heart and mind. I don’t think I’ve ever had a normal mammo (though no cancer), and have had abnormal results from other tests as well. It’s an area of my life I must often bathe in prayer, as Satan knows this is where to aim his arrows. My concerns, like yours, go immediately to my children, my family. Thank you for sharing this. I am left with so much to reflect on.
    blessings,
    Toni

  16. Kim- love how you pointed out we “need to kill sin in our hearts using God’s Word!!” So true yet so many times we forget the powerful gift God has given us through His Word. :)

    Heather- thank you for your sweet words of encouragement and prayers!

    Crisc- Thank you! :)

    Jena- I’m truly thankful to God that He allows me to go through tough times like this because it makes me trust Him more and gives me compassion that I can only gain through personal experience. I can so relate to your story because my 1st year of marriage my doctor found a lump in one of my breasts too. The waiting is hard….especially now with children. :)

    Lisa Maria- Sooo good to hear from you sweet friend! :) You are so right with the wisdom you shared….I actually had thought about that a lot during the days that I was waiting for the final lab results. Thanks for the hugs!!! :)

    Kim Mora- Ohhhhh thank you for sharing your story with me today! What a powerful testimony God has given you! I so appreciate you sharing it with me today!

    Betty- Jo- Thank you for your prayers

    Kristi- Thank you for your prayers as well. :)

    Christin- Praying for YOU today too. :) Being a mom is a really hard job. Praying for strength and rest for you! :)

    Sharon- Thanks for praying Sharon! :)

    Caroline- Praying for you in your early stages of pregnancy too, dear friend! Thanks for the hugs! Praying over you and your sweet little one! :)

    Sonya- Thanks for the wonderful encouragement Sonya! :)

    Lorie- thank you for sharing your story with us today! So glad you are joining us! I always LOVE to hear from fellow GMG’s. :) Praying over you too tonight, dear friend!

    Toni- Thank you for your prayers too Toni. As moms, our hearts are always tied to our children.

    Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement to me today! I am truly blessed to have you all in my life!

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  17. Angela, I am sooo thankful you caught your melanoma early. I can relate to the word “Cancer” being scary as well. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. But, like you, it was detected early and it was Stage One. I pray for your continued healing and that you remain cancer free and live a long healthy life!!! Angela, thank you for sharing.

  18. Angela, God works all things together for the good of those who love him (Rom. 8:28), and as amazing as it is, it’s like good has already come out of your situation. More than I will say here, and more than I can know, but one good thing is this: your post was woven together beautifully and in a personal way that spoke to me, and I’m sure many others. No coincidence that this happened right before you did this part of the study. And that it was YOU. Although it would have helped the individual who had the same experience, as a leader, you were able to share it with all of us, and so the good was bigger! Does that make sense? Anyway, all that to say, thank you.

    And as a word of encouragement, my dad has had stage 4 melanoma 7 times and b/c they’ve caught it early, they have been able to stay ahead of it. PRAISE GOD! He doesn’t have an ear, and has a few skin graphs, and it still hurts every time – as removing sin does! – but better than the alternative. So keep getting those checkups!

  19. Gertha- thank you so much for your kind words…..always wonderful hearing from you! :)
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    Tammy- Thank you so much for your words of encouragement tonight! You spoke to my heart as well! :)

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    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

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