a healthcare worker measuring a patient s blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer

Hypertension

In America, there are many troubles lurking that may lead to death.

Crime, cancer, car accidents, diabetes, and much more. Death does not discriminate.

But the top killer has been and still is-

Heart disease. This term encompasses a large variety of illnesses surrounding the heart, but one killer still holds a certain fear in most Americans. That killer is hypertension, better known as high blood pressure.

Hypertension is often caused by constriction of the blood vessels for different reasons, usually determined by genetics and poor diets. High blood pressure is often called “the silent killer” because of its ability to silently deteriorate the health of an individual.

Once diagnosed (preferably prior) high blood pressure needs to be addressed. Nothing good comes from high blood pressure. A common sign is called “angina.” This is a tightness of the chest that often makes the victim feel as if they are dying. Another issue that causes this pain is panic attacks.

Spiritually, we too may have spiritual hypertension. We are born with sin constricting our freedom and joy (Romans 3:23). The result too is often angina. Angina may also occur when we think of the treatment necessary for this heart condition to be alleviated (John 19:30; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10).

Jesus Christ, the great physician, noticed our condition (Psalm 147:3; John 3:16). He knew of the suffering the world was destined for. The treatment necessary anguished our good God as well (Matthew 26:39). But He loved us enough to meet us in that condition and treat us (Romans 5:8).

When I realized the depth of what Jesus Christ did for me, it caused me chest pain as well. But unlike, angina that accompanies heart disease, something good came of this sorrow. My conviction quickly was replaced with gladness when I accepted this beautiful truth and accepted the treatment he suffered and died to prescribe.

His resurrection is the prescription. That we too shall rise again (Romans 6:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14).

So reflect on Christ, the great physician. He loves you more than you could ever imagine and understands the suffering. Nonetheless, He made a way to clear your spiritual hypertension. Respond with simple belief and thanksgiving.

God bless!

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