Spiritual Placebos

The Dictionary defines “placebo” as: “a harmless, unmedicated preparation given as a medicine, as to humor a patient.” Could we be being given a spiritual placebo to make us feel better? The problem is that, in some cases, some people may have a genuine illness and a placebo might leave a need unaddressed. Carry this over to the spiritual realm and a spiritual placebo may leave a serious spiritual need unmet. What might be an example of a spiritual placebo? May I suggest that it could be something like a Sunday Morning Church Service? We go through the motions and feel better but the “placebo” hasn’t cured a deep need. A possible need could be that we only have an intellectual grasp of salvation. What if we have accepted Salvation Truth as facts only, but never really enjoyed the actual experience? Knowing that we understand the Truth makes us “feel” good. What if, all the while, we lack the joy of an experiential relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior? Jesus shared something with a woman at a well that many of us might do well to seriously think through. In John 4:24, Jesus said: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in Truth.” Our spirits, acting on His Truth (His Word) must go on to a very personal involvement with Jesus. Relationships are to cultivated, not just taken for granted. Charles H. Gabriel’s hymn, “He Is So Precious to Me,” implies that Mr. Gabriel knew what loving Jesus was all about: “So precious is Jesus, my Savior, my King, His praise all the day long with rapture I sing; to Him in my weakness for strength I can cling, for He is so precious to me.” He added in the chorus: “‘Tis Heaven below My Redeemer to know, for He is so precious to me.” Selah! If you told your dearest friend on earth that you loved him or her but gave little time or effort to being involved with him or her, your claims would mean little. Think that through!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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