Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Monday, February 1, 2016


Sunday go to Meetin'
painting by Billy Jacobs

Why am I so good at being bad, and so bad at being good?

This question has required, for me, a bit of pondering.
At first, since God is good, and Satan is evil,
we may wonder even more,
since it appears that Satan is more actively involved
with our life than is God.
Or perhaps our commitment to God
is not as strong as our commitment to self.
While this may be true (and in most cases is true),
let's approach this from a different angle.
Consider only a commitment or non commitment to God.
Self pleasure is a given.
For if we are not committed to God,
we are most assuredly following the path of self satisfaction.
Which is easier, being committed to something
or not having commitment?
This is the answer to our question...
because it is so much easier to be bad.
Going one step beyond...
God wants us to continue to grow
and become more strongly committed to Him.
He does this by not making it easier,
once we become somewhat committed to Him,
but increasingly harder
so that our commitment to Him grows stronger.
Think of the commitment to lose weight...
it is easier to lose the first 5 pounds
than to lose the last five in our long range plan,
but as a result, we will become more committed
to keeping that extra weight off and less likely to backslide...
and more able to tackle harder and harder commitments.
One final thought...
God is with us all the time and helps us,
but as our commitment to Him grows He enables us more,
and provides us with lasting peace and joy
in the severest of circumstances.

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