Personally, I felt sorrow for this young woman who is caught up in the "thinking" of our day. Sex outside of marriage, living together, same sex marriage, and all other manner of sins have become routine in our society. It is the fruit of the sin nature found in all men. However, this same type of behavior ought not be found within the Body of believers. As a redeemed people purchased by the blood of Christ, we are to live by the standards found in the Word of God, and we are to grow into maturity of our faith. We are to bring glory to Christ daily. Unfortunately, there are many believers who become caught up in adultery, fornication, lust, pornography, and other sins of the "old sin nature". Why is that?
Looking into the letter to the Corinthian Church, we see a group of believers who are struggling to overcome conflict and deal properly with sin. There is pride on display with some exalting over their gifts which others did not have as well as a man caught in an incestuous relationship that was not disciplined. In addition, these believers were taking one another to court as well instead of dealing with each other and working out the conflict. All of this showed the foolishness and immaturity that was bound up in their hearts. In his letter, Paul wrote: " I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready" (I Cor. 3:2).
What Paul was driving at and what we must also learn is that in order to drive out foolishness and grow to maturity we must accept God's discipline. Studying His Word and then, applying it helps to transform our minds and renew our hearts. Through the Bible, God brings His correction to us, and by means of hearing the Word preached in fellowship with other believers, we are also submitting ourselves to accountability. It takes commitment to grow in Christ.
In the opening of this devotion, I quoted a part of Proverbs 22:15. The rest of the verse reads: "The rod of discipline will remove it far from him". This is what it takes to grow. In order to drive out that foolishness that is found in the hearts of children as well as adults, we need the correction that comes from the Word of God. We need discipline within our churches in order to address sin and the folly found in hearts unfaithful to Christ's call. Our conduct, attitudes, words and deeds preach loudly to those around us. Do they reflect God's wisdom and a changed life or do they reflect the foolishness of this world? This is an important question we all must ponder every day. We are meant to be light and salt in this world. May we begin to live in such a manner that others may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. Selah!
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