Realize that you are not only to be sharpened by another godly man, but to sharpen others as well. I think that a lot of what is wrong today in the Church is a lack of mentoring. Too few of our brothers in Christ are being raised up to spiritual maturity. This is about discipling, and being discipled. Don’t be a dull blade my friend.
I’ve often heard the question, “why do bad things happen to good people?” Today’s reading made me ask the reverse, “why do good things happen to bad people?” Ahab is one nasty dude. The childish self-centeredness of this guy is just stupendous. Why does God help this no-account king?
A father’s behavior influences a child, but a man has the power to choose a right relationship with God. There is no way out of personal accountability. We are responsible for the example we set, but we are also responsible for the decisions we make. You cannot blame your father for your bad choices, but you should blame yourself for the example you set for your children.
God has written a sense of right and wrong on every human heart. He calls the world to right relationship with Him and, more importantly, He has provided you, and every Christian, with His Word and His Holy Spirit to guide you in His will. You have no need to search out a guru, or some other spiritual leader, to tell you God’s will.
Brothers, is your wife someone you love by putting their needs before yours? Is your wife simply an object for quenching your own self-centered carnal desires? If you love her the first way, I know you are happy. If you “love” her the second way, I know you are miserable.
The point about Jesus coming isn’t that God abandoned His standard of holiness. He has not. The point is that having accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and with the Holy Spirit dwelling in your heart, you now have the ability to obey his statutes where you once could not. Yes, you have grace! You also have strength to obey! We lean on grace a great deal, but we need to start using the strength God gave us!
It all comes down to where the seed is planted. Where is your seed planted? Are the seeds of your fall already planted around you? If so, pull them up by the roots. Toss them into the fire! Let the seed of Jesus Christ be planted in good soil and allow not a single weed to sprout.
How do you deal with the things of this toxic world that can undermine your safety? Do you allow channels on your TV that can lead you astray? Do you allow yourself to explore things on the internet that can lead you to porn? Is there a substance or item that pulls your focus away from God; drugs, alcohol, sports, money? Be like Solomon and ruthlessly cast it from your house. Do not allow it time to take hold and take you down.