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If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV)

Similar to sin, cancer affects millions of people around the world. Compared top cancer, there us a cure for our sin, but not for cancer. Recently I was diagnosed with the worst form of skin cancer- melanoma. My cancer appeared as a little elevated spot on the top of my head. The lump did not show the normal signs of cancer—the abnormal color and irregular shape. If nothing were done, I expected I would die soon. After I opted for surgery, the oncologist completely removed the cancer.

A few months later another spot appeared that was diagnosed as a pre-cancer, which my dermatologist removed by liquid nitrogen.

I reflected how these events in many ways are similar to my spiritual salvation.

The removal of the deadly melanoma pictured the removal of my sin once for all when I first trusted Christ as a child and was declared righteous by Him. Because of this I had been saved from spiritual death—separation from God forever.

The burning off of the pre-cancers reminds me I must come to the Great Physician for removal of the sins I commit each day. I rely on the promise of 1 John 1:9 that when I confess my sins, He is faithful and just to forgive them and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.

Like a deadly cancer

My sin was once removed.

But daily cleansing must occur

And I know by Him I’m loved.

The Great Oncologist who removed the cancer of sin is the Dermatologist who regularly   cleanses me from the pre-cancers of unrighteousness.