30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)
This is another article on health. This is not my intention in the first place. My priority has always been prosperity, in particular lots of money. Somehow, I was led by the Lord to write on health in this article. It is not difficult to understand that we need good health to enjoy money. We cannot live good lives if we only have a lot of money but our health is poor. So, we need both health and wealth to live the lives God wants us to live.
The above verse tells us the results of a peaceful heart and jealousy. They were placed in such a way that they look opposite from each other. In order to have a peaceful heart, we must not be jealous. If we are jealous, our hearts are not peaceful. Both peaceful heart and jealousy are mutually exclusive. We can only choose one and reject the other. So, the question is what does God wants us to choose?
If you read the above verse, God does not give us any instruction on which option we should choose. He does not command us to have peaceful hearts and reject jealousy. As explained in the previous article, God simply tells us the end results of both options. Our role is to look at the end results and decide which one we want to have. Then we choose the action that gives us the results we want. This is how God deals with us. He does not practice micro-management. God never tells us whether to lift our left or right feel first when we walk. He wants us to have choices.
Which result do you want to come to your life? If you want to have good health and have believed beyond doubt that God wants you to have good health then you should have a peaceful heart. However, if you happen to believe in the theologians who told you that God wants to give you cancer in order to show you his sufficient grace, you should start to be jealous. Either way, you decide on your destiny.
From now on, I am going to assume that you want to have good health in your life and you are willing to risk being accused of being deluded by the Health And Wealth Gospel. In order to have good health, we need to have peaceful heart. How to have peaceful hearts?
There is only one answer. The answer is thoughts. Our thoughts determine the state of our hearts. The term “heart” here does not refer to the organ that pumps blood. It is our subconscious mind. It has the power to control your whole body. Our conscious mind can only have limited control over our bodies. For example, you can choose to raise your hands, turn your head, open or close your eyes, stand up and go for a walk etc. These are the actions we can have direct control through our conscious minds.
However, there are many body functions which we have no direct control. We cannot control our hearts’ pumping rate. We cannot control what hormones and the amount to be produces and released. When we have bacteria infection, we cannot directly instruct the antibodies to fight the invaders. All these actions are under the jurisdiction of our subconscious minds.
Our subconscious minds are extremely powerful. Its control over our bodies, memories and processing power far exceeds what our conscious minds can do. However, it has one weakness. It cannot make decision on its own. It depends on the conscious mind to make the decision and point out the direction. Then, the subconscious mind will work towards that direction.
So, it depends on what you choose to think. If you think positive thoughts, you are effectively sending an instruction to your subconscious mind to give you the best in every area of your life. Your subconscious mind will instruct your whole body to work at its optimum efficiency to repair every damage and kill any germs that managed to sneak in. You will have a healthy body.
In contrast, if you allow your conscious mind to think negative thoughts like thoughts of hopelessness, despair, bitterness, unforgiveness and jealousy, you are hindering your subconscious mind to do its job properly. Your subconscious mind will be confused and the reason is simply because we were no designed to have such thoughts in our minds. When your subconscious mind is confused and unable to do its properly, it will result in some malfunctions in your body.
The above verse tells us that jealousy is like cancer in the bones. It does not say that if you are jealous, you must have bone cancer. Cancer is the result of cells growing out of control. Our bones are the structure that holds up our entire body system. Cancer in the bones means there will be some parts within our system that will be out of our control and will destroy the whole body. It is dangerous.
In conclusion, if you want to have good health, you need to take full control of your conscious mind and demand that your conscious mind can only think positive thoughts. Then you will have a peaceful heart, which will lead to good health.