Just a Minute
Hebrews 9:28: "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
According to the Journal of the American Heart Association, it takes just one minute of breathing secondhand marijuana smoke to cause blood vessel impairment for the following 90 minutes. That is, if you're a rat. But Dr. Matthew Springer, senior author of the study, noted, "Arteries of rats and humans are similar in how they respond to secondhand tobacco smoke, so the response of rat arteries to secondhand marijuana smoke is likely to reflect how human arteries might respond."
The research team noted that one minute of breathing secondhand tobacco smoke impairs the arteries for the next 30 minutes, making marijuana smoke three times more damaging to those who breathe it.
Dr. Springer added, "While the effect is temporary for both cigarette and marijuana smoke, these temporary problems can turn into long-term problems if exposures occur often enough and may increase the chances of developing hardened and clogged arteries."
The same can't be said of sin, however. Even just one minute of sin can lead to a lifetime of regret. In fact, mulling over the very thought of disobeying God is tantamount to the sinful act itself. Surely, all of us need a Savior to save us from the relentless power and penalty of sin. This is why Jesus came to die on the cross. If you haven't already asked Jesus to be your sin-bearer, don't put it off a minute longer!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that salvation is something I could never earn, so thank You for sending Your Son to die on my behalf! In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Notes: "A minute of secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels: Study in rats," ScienceDaily, 7/27/16. Source: American Heart Association. Photo: Pixabay. (PD)
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