The Obvious Choices

Day 29

“Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies), envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

– Galatians 5:19-21

As you go through your day, you are constantly faced with choices.

From the moment you wake up until the time your head rests back on your pillow, you have to make decisions that change the progression of your day. The choices we as Christians choose to make in a lot of situations may be the exact opposite of the choices those around us decide to make. Are you mindful of the things that come out of your mouth during the day, or do you let the language of those around you dictate your speech?  Are you kind to the people around you regardless of their appearance or social status? Do you hang out with people that are known to be bad influences?

The answer to all these questions and more like them are obvious, yet sometimes we still decide to make the wrong decisions. The fact of the matter is, as children of God we know better. Galatians 5 tells us that the practices of the flesh are obvious. This means they are not hidden from us. We know what they are and know how and when to stay away from those involved in them. If you find yourself, or others in your circle of friends, giving into these practices of the flesh, it is your responsibility to seek God and with the help of the Holy Spirit examine yourself, so that you may be transformed into the child of God you are called to be.

Galatians 5 goes on to say that you are also to support your friends when they find themselves caught in these practices, as well. We are not to look down on them or yell at them for their wrongdoing, but to approach them in love. Spend time with God and in His Word daily. Build up yourself and those around you with the things of the Spirit and turn away from the things of the flesh, and every day the right choices will become easier to make.

Stay Strong and Carry On,