Friday, April 30, 2021

Five Minute Friday - Remedy

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.

remedy is worse than the disease
no remedy
home remedies

Is the remedy really worse than the disease? If it is, then it probably isn't really a remedy. 

Granted, the remedy may be painful to apply. The antibiotic sometimes stings. The stitches hurt going in and coming out. Getting a broken bone set can be painful. The medicine often tastes nasty or is a pill that's literally hard to swallow. but we accept that discomfort and hurt because we understand that the disease or harm really is worse.

Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy. ~Paracelsus

Even before we choose the remedy, we often have to recognize the danger of the disease or threat. We have to stop the bleeding, clean the wound. Get the x-ray to see how bad the break is. See the doctor and go through testing to establish a diagnosis. 

Don't find fault; find a remedy. ~Henry Ford

Or . . . hear the words of a friend that may wound us, but are the truth we need to hear. Understand the sting of a rebuke that was needed to help us see that we were wrong. Respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit that we need to change something. 

There is a remedy. There is a way to address the problem and bring healing. Facing the truth may be painful, applying the remedy might hurt. But healing is the result.

Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. ~Proverbs 27:6

Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. ~Job 5:17-18

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. ~Hebrews 12:11


This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Remedy".

This post is also linked at Inspire Me Monday.

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Unknown said...

Wonderful!!! Deirdre FMF#3

Annette said...

Yes indeed, there is generally always a remedy.

Andrew said...

For some reason your post put me in mind of a quote attributed to Ali, the founder of the Shia branch of Islam. Couldn't get it out of my head so I ran with it.

Hope that's OK, and that you enjoy it.

Ali, the Prophet's cousin,
and first Imam of Shia,
learned a painful lesson
in pursuing the idea
of equality to all
who walked upon the Muslim way,
and was eventually to fall
to an assassin while at pray.
But he left for us this pithy phrase
that rings down through the ages
that sums up these backstabbing days
better than the learned sages:
"Save me from my friends, oh, please!
and I'll handle mine own enemies."

Joanne Viola said...

"Even before we choose the remedy, we often have to recognize the danger of the disease or threat." So very true, Kym. Whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually. May He give me eyes and understanding regarding the health of my being.

Meditations in Motion said...

I love how you chose the verse from Hebrews to end your post with. How often have I had to learn that lesson?

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