Benign and Metastasizing (Romans 6:23)

One of the paradoxes in medicine are benign tumors that metastasize. By definition, a benign tumor remains localized to the tissue from which it arises. A classic example is a leiomyoma of the uterus, popularly known as a fibroid. This common tumor grows within the wall of the uterus and may cause considerable pain and discomfort. It may also endanger a pregnancy by compressing the placenta and baby or may prevent implantation of the fertilized egg. It is a relatively simple procedure to remove a leiomyoma but if multiple and very large, the uterus may have to be removed. It is benign but because of the local signs and symptoms, may be problematic.

Women who have a history of uterine leiomyomas may develop an extremely rare condition that leads to a metastasis of one or more of these benign leiomyomas. It is known as a benign metastasizing leiomyoma, an oxymoron if there ever was one. What appears to be a harmless tumor has the potential to metastasize and even kill if it compresses a vital organ like the heart or spinal cord. Isn’t sin like this? We sometimes rationalize away our sins, thinking some as insignificant, essentially benign. The small lie. The random snide remark. It may cause discomfort but surely it will not lead to our death? 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23 (ESV)

While God does make distinctions between different sins, identifying different levels of punishment for a range of sins, all sin is a rebellion against God. Like a small benign tumor, even a small sin can lead to devastating consequences. It may spread beyond ourselves, wrecking havoc upon others. 

No sin is acceptable. Our only hope is to confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He is the Great Physician and by the power of His resurrection, we will be released from the bondage of all sins.

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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