Been struggling through so many things lately. What is right? What is wrong?
Are there grays, or just black and whites?
I understand that we are ALL at a different place in our lives.
We have all had different experiences, and crossed paths with different people,that have formed us into the unique creatures that we are. But say we all put the same label on ourselves. Say, perhaps, the label that says “I am a Christian”. Then are there not “acceptable guidelines” in how we are to behave? Yes! It is lined out in the Bible.
Philippians 4:8 says:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
So, if I am a Christian, I would try to think on, or do these things. Right?
(Man, I am really feeling convicted at this moment)
So, in a public setting, I think that those attributes we should even be more aware of, and not drop our guards, no matter what.
Aren’t we as Christians being told by one another, and our Pastors to “take off our mask”, “Be more REAL”, “Be genuine”
What about the warnings to always be on guard in case the evil one gets a foothold in our lives.
What about those (like kids, or other believers who are not yet mature in their faith, or even more so, unbelievers) who are watching us. They see our actions. They hear our words.
So do we boast like the unbelievers about our evil? Do we cause others to stumble so that we can look, or act, or sound “cool”
(I am swimming in conviction on all this)
This is NOT about us. In behaving like the world, we are tearing down the precious name of Jesus. Jesus. You remember HIM. He grieved so deeply for our sins, that HE took those sins to HIS cross and died for them..for us.
Oh Lord. How can I continue sinning? How can I continue to pound those nails into your hands. How can I keep placing that crown of thorns on your head?
Forgive me Lord. Forgive me Lord. Forgive me Lord.