”The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise about what is good, and yet innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you (Romans 16:19-20 CSB).”
We are called to be wise about what is good, but there is more. We also need to be innocent about evil. How well do you find yourself doing this?
It can be such a struggle, especially in this world where we live, breathe, and seek to leave our faith fueled mark.
We live in a society that has everything all messed up.
. . .where we want to call good evil and evil good.
We live in a world that unfortunately tries to censor us to keep the truth, God’s truth, from being declared. Which reminds us of the importance of our mission given to us by our gracious God.
Because of the God we serve, we can live this way described in Romans 16.
Today, I feel as though this passage is sort of written just for me. It is for all of us, but it is a joy for me to come across.
I am chosen by God, redeemed by our King Jesus Christ, single, and childless. The “single” and “childless” is by choice, but mostly by God’s protection. God has fully protected me.
Choosing purity requires me to remember biblical truths, the One who has saved me, and rely on His redemptive power.
Choosing purity is a daily decision. In our technological world, it is so easy to find someone “just to talk with,” but these are people with souls and feelings too.
I have chosen a different path than most, one of careful pursuit and multifaceted purity, and. . . I honestly need the heartfelt reminder that I am honoring the Lord our God in my big (and small) decisions. I need to know that God is well pleased with me, when the world looks down on me – because I will never measure up.
We need to choose on this day who we will serve (Joshua 24:15-17). Will it be those in our social circle? Or will it be a more honorable One by choosing to follow the Lord Jesus, even when the road gets narrow (see Matthew 7:13) and we are criticized for our faith filled actions?
Friends, keep choosing our Lord Jesus! He sees your faith put into action, as you choose to not reply to that text message during the night. He sees you, as you seek to shift your thoughts from your flesh | desires from your sinful nature to His absolute, Bible based, truths (and how He wants to provide for us).
Keep seeking Him, even when it is hard!
Featured image by Dorothy Puscas.