Did you know that the Lord tells us exactly what forms of conduct He wants and does not want us to have as Christians? Yep.. it's there, in black and white, no denying it. I have heard in the past few weeks how we should be listening for God to tell us what to do.. well He did. The Lord tells us of works of the flesh He does NOT want as Christians:
"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions,heresies, envy,murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand,just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."- Galatians 5:19-21
"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man."- Mark 7:21-23
"These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:A proud look, A lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans,feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies,and one who sows discord among brethren." -Proverbs 6:16-19
**sigh** I looked over this list and I have to admit.. I have been some of those things.. alot of them actually. All I can say is that I thank God for being forgiving and merciful!!
But it's not all doom and gloom. See He also tells us exactly what He wants us to do and how we should live our lives. We need to make certain that we have these qualities.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely,whatever things are of good report,if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."- Philippians 4:8-9
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law."- Galatians 5:22-23
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."- Romans 12: 2
Our habits should be good and gracious ones, that should show everyone we are around that we following the Lord's teachings and example.
I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!! Lord willing, we will talk again tomorrow.. love you all!