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Cling to what is good

July 16, 2007

Continuing to meditate through Romans 12:9-21, we come to this command, “cling to what is good” which follows directly on the heels of “abhor what is evil”.    I take it we can’t do one without the other. Why do we try to avoid evil?  Do we do it out of a love for God that moves us to follow hard after him as he disciples us to love others?  Or do we want to be free from evil because temptation is vexing to us and we wish that Satan (and everyone else) would just leave us alone?

That doesn’t work, does it?  You can’t resist temptation standing still.  You must flee from it.  And when you flee from it, you run in the direction of the good.   As in our thought life we can only escape impure thoughts by intentionally thinking upon whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable (Php 4:8) so in our actions we must busy ourselves with good deeds if we want to escape from busying ourselves with wicked deeds (Ps 141:4).

What good deeds do you think the Lord is calling you to pursue these days?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Egana permalink
    July 16, 2007 5:28 pm

    boring ones…

    like, laundry…

    and mopping the floor…

    and faithfully getting kids where they are supposed to be instead of “forgetting” because I am fleeing my boring work running after escapist pleasures…

    and making dinner…

    and opening my mouth with kindness and gracious words… ( i guess that it NOT so boring, after all)…

    off to cook the chicken!

  2. Egana permalink
    July 16, 2007 6:06 pm

    I just realized that when I “despise the days of small things” like laundry adn mopping and cooking, it is becasue I do not believe what God says, that better, larger things are coming in the future, namely, my heavenly hope and all the awesome things that go with that.

    And you know what, contrary to the world’s wisdom, knowing that something better IS CERTAINLY COMING makes doing the little things SO MUCH EASIER, not harder!

    (joyfully cooking dinner, now… what a God!)

  3. July 17, 2007 8:55 pm

    I thought that I was following after something that was good, namely, a specific type of evangelism… but I’m not so sure that I didn’t overstep God’s boundary which divides love and offensiveness.

    How do we know how to go about this?

    Off topic, I guess, but on my mind tonight…

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