40 DAYS WITH GOD for personal reflection
Reading for Personal Growth, 40 Days with God Reflection by Matthew Myers
Edited by Lena Joseph
DAY 12 Follow Christ example
Another day, another instance of the word made me realize the problems with my own ways. As I began this, I stated that what I am posting here is only my reactions and what the verses I am sharing are saying to me. I want to reiterate that now, as I am at the halfway point roughly of my “21 days” You may read the same verse I do and get something totally different out of it. If that is the case, I pray that what either or both of us took from it is what God intended for us as individuals to take from the verse. Today I am reminded of my own bad behavior even as a Christian. While I am a lot better than I was years ago, there are still a lot of things in my life that I need to clean up. Not saying I am a bad person, but I am not living up to all I can be or God’s expectations.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or course joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving for of this you can be sure. No immoral, impure, or greedy person – such a person is an idolator – has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.“
Ephesians 5:1-5; 5:1
First two verses tell us we should follow the example of Jesus and live/behave as he did. That of course is impossible as we are weak, fallible, and foolish people. The point though is we should be trying to follow that example. As Christ lived the perfect life, a standard we cannot follow or else he would have never had to die for us, we should attempt to emulate his example in all things.
The second section points out some things that example we need to avoid. Sexual immorality, greed, impurity, obscenity, course joking, etc… These things I believe are as many sins of thought as much as of action. Thinking of adultery is considered adultery according to the bible. I believe so too goes sexual immorality greed impurity. Thinking of things that you know aren’t proper is as much a sin as actually going out and doing it. That joke that you told around the water cooler…. well it was a little salty. Oh, it was just a joke you say. According to this that is out of place. Would not your time and thoughts be better spent thanking and glorifying God? (that question is as much for me as anyone else) It is difficult to break from a lifetime of as the writer stated idolatry, but it is expected of us as we strive to build a stronger closer relationship with God and present a better example of Christian people to the rest of the world.
Again, I am far from perfect and this is one area that I need to do a lot of work on. All I am asking and saying to you is
THINK ABOUT IT
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