Have you ever noticed how easy it is to look at someone’s life and see the sin that is in it that is likely causing them problems? What is more interesting is that when things arise in our lives we tend to give ourselves the benefit of the doubt as to whether or not we are in sin. When we feel conflicted about something and act in the way that we desire anyway we are most likely engaging in sinful activities, whether it is a minor “white lie” or not standing up for someone who is being picked on or some other activity. We justify our own actions in our minds and convince ourselves that we are not sinning, but when we are conflicted about something would it not be better if we just did what we knew was right?
“Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all” (1 Cor. 15:34). We all have sin of some sort in our lives, but how can we say that we know God if we willingly engage in activities that we know are sin? How can we say that we know God if we build up justifications and excuses in our minds about our actions so that they seem right to us even though they still feel wrong? Would it not honor God if instead follow the guiding of the Holy Spirit within us?
We all face choices every day about how we are going to act and react in life. In Christ we all have the ability to know what path is straight and narrow and leads to life and we all have the ability to know what way leads to death. The way that leads to life is not always the easiest, but it is God’s desire for us and when we submit to the Father’s “good and pleasing and perfect [will]” (Rom. 12:2) we are living our lives in a way that worships the Father. So, “don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Rom. 12:2).
May God bless you today as you are transformed and renewed in the way that you think and act. In Jesus’ name.
24 ‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’