To say that fighting cancer is an "all-out match against sin" is a fair statement. Sin and man's fallen state brought cancer into the world. I also know that God can, is and will continue to use cancer for His glory and His good purpose in my life.
We can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:28 The Message
One thought that I have spent many long hours meditating on since my diagnosis is this: I wish I was the only one in the world who ever had to go through this. The first time I had that thought, I heard God's voice.
That's how Jesus felt. And no one will ever have to suffer like He did.
What an amazing thought. Although we will join with Him in His sufferings, it will never compare to the cross.
For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Hebrews 10:10
But it is in our suffering, more passion for Him is released in our lives. Lord, may my suffering be a fragrant offering to you.
There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we're never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can't round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 The Message