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The Health Principle of SUNLIGHT
Sunlight is one of nature's most healing agents. It is a very simple remedy to go outside and enjoy the rays of God's sunlight, or to open the curtains and beautify our homes with its presence.
The sun is huge, and is estimated that 1.3 million planets of the size of our earth could fit inside of it. It takes about 8 minutes for sunlight to reach us as the sun is 93 million miles away. Yet this ball of light and energy is held in check by the God who created it, because if the intensity of its heat was increased or decreased in any significant amount, life on this earth would be in grave danger. Yet, the sun should not be overly feared if we are exposed to it in moderation.
Sunlight destroys bacteria, and thus can help prevent infections, or helps to heal them. Sunlight has shown a positive effect on the cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance of college aged men when tested. Sunlight also showed a 30 - 40% decreased risk for breast cancer occurrence among women who were tested and who got at least 10-15 minutes of daily exposure. It also has been shown to reduce blood pressure; decrease excess cholesterol; increases red blood and white blood cells; improves circulation, and even aids in weight loss. And best of all, when unfiltered sunlight hits our skin, vitamin D is produced which is essential for calcium to be utilized by our system! So direct sunlight exposure in moderation, and without sun screen or tanning oils, is indeed essential for good health.
So even those who are feeble should get out into the sunshine as earnestly and naturally as do the shaded plants and vines. The pale and sickly blade of grain that has struggled up out of the cold earth in early spring, puts out the natural and healthy deep green leaves after enjoying the health-and-life-giving rays of the sun. So go out into the light and warmth of the glorious sun, you pale and sickly ones, and share with vegetation its life-giving, health-dealing power.
Just as sunlight is essential to health and we should not hide ourselves away from its rays, so may we look up to Jesus -- the “Sun of righteousness”, and not hide ourselves away from Him because He comes to us “with healing in his wings” (Malachi 4:2). Jesus promises healing for every sin-sick soul. Many who are dwelling in the dark shadow of sin and death, need to realize that they have a hope for salvation if they would only turn their faces toward the Light of the world, for “in Him [is] life, and the life [is] the light of men” (John 1:4). Yes, Jesus Christ is “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9), and if you will choose to open your heart each day to receive the healing beams of His love and righteousness, you will indeed find the healing balm needed to change your life.
As God has given you the sun – whose rays of light bring healing in their warmth, so He has given you His Son Jesus – whose light of truth brings healing warmth to your souls. God gave you the sun and Jesus to be a joy and a blessing to all His creation, as well as for health and long life – and for those who accept Jesus as their Saviour – an everlasting life!