Lord forgive us our sins that we may be healed…

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James 5:15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.

James provides an interesting connection between healing and forgiveness of sins. Jesus does the same thing in Matthew 9:2-7 – offering forgiveness of sins to a paralyzed man and then healing him. That said I don’t think it’s correct to assume that everyone who is ill must be so as a consequence of their own sin. Mortality is present among the forgiven as it is for everyone else. Nevertheless, the connection is interesting. Lord forgive us our sins that we may be healed. Amen.

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