Outstanding research has recently been done by Dr. Gail Ironson, a leading mind-body medicine researcher and professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Miami.[1] She found that the most significant factor that made a difference in healing for those with HIV was their choice to believe in a benevolent and loving God, especially if they also chose to have a personal relationship with a benevolent and loving God.

Her study ran over four years and her determination of healing was based on the decrease of the amount of the AIDS virus in a sample of blood, and the increased concentration of “helper T-cells”—the higher the concentration, the more the body is able to fight disease.  She found that those who did not believe God loved them, lost helper T-cells three times faster. Their viral load also increased three times faster, and their stress levels were higher.

“If you believe God loves you, it’s an enormously protective factor, even more protective than scoring low for depression or high for optimism. A view of a benevolent God is protective, but scoring high on the personalized statement ‘God loves me’ is even stronger.”[2]

You might have heard many sermons on the judgement of God, or how God will “get” you if you sin.  However, the “good news” is that God loves you all the time.  Yes, even if you sin.  Does sin have consequences?  Absolutely, but the consequence is from the sin itself; it is not God getting you.  He loves His children and desires the best for them.  That is why Jesus came – to take our punishment.

Do you know that God loves you as much as He loves His son Jesus?

John 17.23 (Passion Translation) says,
“You live fully in me
And now I live fully in them
So that they will experience perfect unity,
And the world will be convinced
That you have sent me,
For they will see that you love each one of them
With the same passionate love
That you have for me.”

-Pastor

[1] “Gail Ironson et al., “An Increase in Religiousness/Spirituality Occurs after HIV Diagnosis and Predicts Slower Disease Progression over Four Years in People with HIV,” Journal of General Internal Medicine 21 (2006): 62–68.”

[2] “As quoted in Church, Genie in Your Genes, 65.”

 

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