Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
(Psalms 1:1-2 (NIV))
What do you find yourself thinking about recently?
I could almost stop with that one question and be done with it, but I find my mind racing in all directions after seeing the things that people have been posting on social media lately. Sin has always been a major part of this fallen world, but now it seems to have taken an ever-increasing role. Up until recently, people did not have the venues to share their own opinions with anyone and everyone around the world. We would talk to our family, friends and neighbors and the outrage, the exuberance, the joy, and the hatred would be confined to a small circle of people. Most of the time, civility would win the day and people would be polite and respect that people had a right to their own opinions. We weren’t perfect, but nothing in this fallen world ever is. Most people agreed upon the basic principles of honesty and civility. Sin was sin, but it was not flaunted as the new normal. It didn’t have the world polarized into two very distinct camps.
Now we see good being called evil and evil being called good. Civility now means that someone will be nice to you as long as you agree with them on everything. If you don’t agree, then you are a bigot, a racist, or a fascist, especially if you call sin what it truly is.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
(Galatians 5:19-21a (NIV))
If you don’t accept the acts of those who choose to follow the acts of the flesh, then you are a target for scorn, ridicule and mockery.
As believers in Jesus, we are called to rise above this behavior. We are called to repent and follow Jesus. We are called to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in all that we do.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
(Galatians 5:22-25 (NIV))
Do you delight in the Lord?
Do you meditate on His law day and night?
Do you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to stay away from the wicked, the sinners and the mockers?
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:7 (NIV))
The peace of God is a true blessing. Are you truly blessed?