Some of the commonest sins are not classed as sins at all. Yet they are sins against our bodies, and so against Him whose dwelling-place our bodies are.
Here are the nine commonest sins against the body. Too much food and an unbalanced diet, lack of balanced exercise, breathing poisonous indoor air, lack of inner cleanliness, taking poisons into the body in the shape of stimulants, sedatives and drugs, tense nerves, overwork, wrong posture, and the use of the propagating organs otherwise than as intended by nature.
These are responsible for by far the greatest number of diseases. Repentance here would result in most physicians losing their practise. But there seems little need for the physicians to worry on this score.
And obedience, intelligent, thoughtful, sensible obedience, to the requirements of our bodies would quite remove them. The exceptions are decidedly in the minority.
Of course, overwork is one of the commonest sins among conscientious Christians. It may come through a lack of judgment. Most times it is, at root, evidence of a lack of faith in Christ, practically.
There are no breakdowns in the path of obedience. But the path of service is strewn thick with saintly wrecks.
The touchstone of the true life is, not the crowds and their need, not service, not suffering nor sacrifice.
The touchstone is obedience, simple, clear, intelligent, full obedience to the Holy Spirit's plain leading. And when in doubt, wait.
There's a Lord to the harvest. There's a Chief-of-staff. The ordering of strategy and tactics and movements is with Him. Our part is the quiet heart, the open ear, the trained discernment for His voice, His leading. And then doing as He leads, and only that.
But, but, the thing to remember constantly is this. It is Christ's will to forgive the truly penitent, and to heal their bodies.
And He is at your side now eagerly waiting to do whatever is needed.