Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Toward Remarkably More Satisfying Days (Continuing Romans 6)

Photo by Deborah Austin (Flickr)
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.” (Author unknown)

The gravity of our poor choices is huge!

But what if we think beyond the obvious scenarios that immediately pop into our minds after reading the opening paragraph, and also consider the way we respond to the “smaller” sins and choices we struggle with every day.

For instance, when we constantly give into procrastination, we miss important deadlines, and the opportunities expire. Or when we allow ourselves to be critical and judgmental, relationships suffer, and sometimes end. Or when we consistently eat more than we should, the extra pounds stay “longer than we want them to stay!”

Yet, when we steadily yield to God’s grace, we are able to discipline ourselves to meet deadlines, choose to be supportive in our relationships and stick to a healthier eating plan, more often. Thus, our sleep will be sweeter because our days are remarkably more satisfying.

To help us understand the serious consequences of every immoral (bad) choice we make on a consistent basis, read and think about this week’s verses as you memorize and/or meditate on them this week:

Romans 6:15-16 NASB
:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 
:16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you    are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

Photo by Jennifer (Flickr)

So, instead of allowing sin (and bad choices) to take us farther than we want to go, let’s allow righteousness (and good choices) take us even farther than we ever hoped, but in a better more magnificent direction!




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2 comments:

  1. I have tried to post this twice and it keeps losing my post and not posting. I will try again and this time hopefully remember to save what I have written before I post it.

    This is was my prayer this morning Sheryl. I want to walk in the light of God and not stumble. I do not want to walk in the world's light or in any shadows. Let us lift each other up in prayer that we can see our own blind spots and let us love correction and truth.

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  2. Sorry to hear you had such a hard time posting a comment, Barbara. I appreciate your persistence. Thank you!
    I appreciate your comment, a lot. I, too, want to walk in God's light so I won't stumble in the darkness. We certainly do need to pray for one another. Deception is very deceptive. (Another one of my deep sayings! ;) )
    But seriously, we must pray for discernment for ourselves - and for others - INCLUDING our leaders!
    I love and appreciate you, Barbara.

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