How harmless are you as a child of God? We should become less and less harmful to the kingdom each and everyday. To do this, we have to become more like Jesus Christ each and everyday. So let us seriously look at what we say and argue versus what Jesus says and commands.
A. Make a comparison of what you say and what Jesus says.
Matthew 18:8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.
When we begin debating what we should or should not do we list all kinds of pros and cons. You and I both know, if we want to do it we find a great deal of pros and just can't seem to find as many cons. When someone points out the negatives, we are quick and usually armed and ready to shoot down those arguments quickly and with vigor. When someone points out the pros, they are our new best friend and just seem to have gained a great deal of wisdom in recent months. They seem to be who we would love to hang out with. What does Jesus say? Well, He is pretty radical, but what I love is He doesn't focus on other people, instead He puts sin right where it is supposed to be, right smack on top of our shoulders. You see, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us; therefore, sin should not capture us. Sin is not more powerful than the very Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave. Sin is not more powerful than your Jesus. Jesus says if your hand or foot causes you to sin get rid of it. Now before you guys start going crazy and riding yourself of body parts, don't you think you need to meditate on what Jesus is saying. He is saying that nothing is more fulfilling than Him. He is saying that no matter what we think sin is not worth it. However, His Word also says in Philippians 2:13, it is God that works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Let Jesus work, trust that His ways are best and turn away from the temptations in your life.
B. Run my brother run.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
So how else can we become harmless, simple flee from the sin that attempts to entangle you. As you see the temptations this world offers, run like crazy. Get away from them as fast you can. Don't hold nothing back. Don't allow yourself to fall prey to the temptations of this world by hanging around them and taking a chance. Get away from them like a gazelle.
(1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, Proverbs 5:8, Proverbs 6:5)
1 Corinthians 6:18
18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
22 Abstain from every form of evil.
8 Remove your way far from her,
And do not go near the door of her house,
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Brother Big Daddy
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