Have you come to your senses?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame.
(1 Corinthians 15:33-34 (NIV))

It is difficult to know what goes through the minds of people. I seriously doubt that most people wake up on a given morning and come to the realization that they will commit some serious crime, or that they will step out into sin so far that there is no turning back.

Still, it happens.

Why?

It isn’t because these individuals have their priorities in line with what God desires. It isn’t because these individuals respect the law and desire to live lives that will be of benefit to others.

It is simply a matter of sin.

Sin is a strange thing. We all do it. We all think nothing of it most of the time. Most of us realize that it is something that we should try to stop, yet, we still sin. Most of us simply commit what we refer to as the little sins. You know what I am talking about. The ones that no one really gets hurt because of, or the ones that no one really knows about. The sad thing is that sin, left unchecked, will escalate. We tend to rationalize it by telling ourselves that no one got hurt, so what is the harm. We then go one step beyond where we were. Soon, we find ourselves at a point that we would never have imagined we would reach.

Let’s face facts. Sin is addicting. The enemy uses sin to draw us in to things that seem fun or pleasurable. Only once we are caught in the embrace of our sins do we realize that it is spiraling out of control. Also, as humans, we long for verification. We long to know that what we are doing is accepted. We surround ourselves with those who will tell us that what we are doing is ok.

“Bad company corrupts good character.”

We may have the utmost of good intentions, yet, if we associate with those who support our sins, then where does that leave us? We have nothing to compare ourselves to. We have no righteous example to look upon.

It is God’s desire that we all turn from our sin. It is His desire that we come to our senses and accept the grace and mercy freely given through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.

Have you come to your senses?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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