Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
(Romans 1:28-32 (NIV))
Have you ever met someone who thought that they could do whatever they wanted to because God’s grace would cleanse them? These are the type of people who profess a faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior in church and then live the rest of the week as if they never accepted Jesus.
Did they really accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, or are they the very ones that Paul is writing about in Romans?
Accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior means so much more than simply uttering words. It is a change of heart. It is the desire to follow God’s Word. It is a desire to turn away from every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.
How should a believer respond to accepting Jesus? Believers must refrain from envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossip, slander, hating God, insolence, arrogance, evil, disobedience, senselessness, faithlessness, heartlessness, and ruthlessness.
I hate to say this, but perhaps we all see a little of ourselves in these attributes. We must turn away from these traits.
We must seek after God’s heart !
We must do what Jesus would do !