By Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Needles, buttons, coins, a TV remote control, a salt pot and animal bones. These are some of the strange items doctors removed from patients at a Croatian hospital over the past 80 years. At first hospital staff collected the objects to show young medical students what to expect when operating on patients. Recently however the hospital mounted a selection of these strange objects for visitors to see. 
The main reason doctors need to remove strange objects as soon as possible is to prevent infection being caused by the object to spread through the whole body. 
Sometimes we allow “strange objects” in the form of selfishness, jealousy, pride, bitterness and an unforgiving heart to take root in our lives. If we don’t identify it and allow God to remove it, it will affect our lives as an infection does.
God is holy and He desires for us to live holy lives. Listen to the words in Psalm 24:3-4: “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” Listen also to Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
In Ephesians 4:23-31 we find helpful guidelines to prevent these harmful attitudes from infecting our lives: Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. . . And don’t sin by letting anger control you. . . If you are a thief, quit stealing. . . Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. . . Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
God is our Surgeon. And because He loves us, He can remove them and cut them away before they infect our lives. Let us therefore ask Him to lead us through his Holy Spirit to identify the attitudes that need to be removed. Don’t wait until it is too late! God bless.
Father God, thank you for being in control of my life. Please show me what strange objects I need to remove from my life today and strengthen me to walk away from it. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
** BOOK LAUNCH OF WYSHEID, OORDENKINGS UIT SPREUKE by Benescke Janse van Rensburg: Saturday, 25 February 2012, Bellville. For more information, contact Karin at 021 949 7419 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

** Benescke Janse van Rensburg is a freelance journalist and author of the books, Ontdek God in die stories van mense and also Wysheid, oordenkings uit Spreuke.