In it, Not Of It

“For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you.”-1 Peter 4:3-4

When I was a little girl, I wanted to fit in. I was obsessed with getting people to like me, even if that meant doing things or being somebody that I’m not. And as I complained to my parents about not getting to do what everyone else was doing, my dad would ask, “If your friends drove off a cliff, would you too?” Chances are you’ve been asked that silly question once or twice, but you’ve never really thought about what it meant. What that question is really asking is whether or not you will conform to the human passions of this world or make a stand for what you know to be pleasing to God. This begins the call for us to be in the world, not of it.

1 Peter, chapter 4, shows us that we are called to have nothing to do with sinful pleasures, even if that makes people persecute us. God wants us to be the example of him to the people who do not know him. He wants our non-action to speak words. On top of all this, he wants us to be compassionate and not to condemn those that do not follow him. What does the pronouncement of judgment accomplish? By not condemning those who malign us, we shine God’s grace and allow them to feel his love. God knows this is a difficult task. He knows that there will be times of great weakness and temptation, but God’s grace will shine through us no matter how weak we feel (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Today I urge you to put down the bottle, or whatever it is you’re struggling with and pick up Gods word. Let him fix the brokenness within you.

Sidney

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