Apple Cider Vinegar, Epson Salts, and Salvation


What does apple cider vinegar and Epson salts have in common?  They are both cheap, simple fixes for some common ailments. So cheap and so simple it’s hard to believe they actually work.

My dad used to swear by epson salts.  Whenever I had sore muscles he’d say, “Soak in epson salts and it will make you feel so much better!”   I thought that was just a wives tale and really didn’t believe him, until I got older and wiser and actually tried it.  Turns out Dad did know a thing or two about life.  Now I find myself encouraging my family and friends to soak away their tired, sore muscles the same way.  One cup in hot bath will relieve stress, relax the muscles, decrease pain and rejuvenate you.

The Apple Cider Vinegar trick

A few years ago, a friend told me that if you take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar each day it will relieve indigestion.  I took her advice with a grain of salt because, frankly, that seemed too cheap and simple of a remedy.  After all, my indigestion was really bad and at that time I was taking 2 Nexium a day which were costing me $1 each.  Then recently my son blurted out at dinner one night. “You know I’ve been taking a drink with apple cider vinegar, lemon, and honey each money and my stomach problems have completely gone away.”

That got my attention, because I knew he had always struggled with stomach issues.  So I tried it starting the next day and my indigestion and stomach pains went away almost immediately.  Now I’m a faithful drinker of the solution each morning as well.

I was reluctant to try these remedies because they seemed too simple and too cheap – just too easy! Even the experts disagree on if they really work or not and how.  But they are currently working for me so I’ll keep bathing and drinking while the experts continue to debate the issue.

What’s that got to do with salvation?

I think sometimes our spiritual life is that way.  Jesus said “Whosoever will” come to me and I will give him eternal life.  What?  Give freely?  It seems too easy.  Surely we must do more than that!  There’s got to be a high price to pay for forgiveness of our sins and getting to spend eternity in heaven.    Well, there is … and Jesus has already paid it on the cross!

Just because it’s simple and free doesn’t mean it’s not true.

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.   Revelation 22:17


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