Friday, January 31, 2014

Brokenness of This World

What breaks your heart most about this world?  Is it the evil which prevails, the sin which abounds, the sadness and heartbreak of so many, issues such as eating disorders or those who engage in self-mutilation, drug use and alcohol consumption, broken families, low self esteem, sexual addiction, abuse, disrespect toward parents and authority, ...or the wretchedness of your own sinful heart?

There really is so much that can deter us from understanding God's character when we are presented with what seems endless reasons to doubt God's goodness and many opportunities to question why this or that happened and why evil so often triumphs over good.

I have found that reading the word of God consistently and daily not only gives us the perfect picture and only accurate view of God, but also gives us wisdom and the ability to understand the human heart and realize that indeed, "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17: 9)

The acronym for BIBLE sums it up:  B asic  I nstructions  B efore  L eaving  E arth

The Bible has been called "the instruction manual for life."

If one were to observe two toddlers playing for a few hours, you would understand that if they can't even get along, how will stubborn and prideful individuals naturally get along amongst their peers, family members, co-workers, other races, classes, belief systems, etc. who might have differing worldviews, personalities, interests, likes, dislikes, goals...?

I recently read a book by Francis A. Schaeffer entitled, "The Mark of the Christian" which spoke of genuine Christian love and what this looks like among real Christians.  It is too often forgotten that in and of ourselves, we can become easily angered, argumentative, short-tempered, envious, mean, unwilling to see ways we are wrong and be confronted, and the list goes on.  Yet as we renew our minds with the truth of God's word and "think His thoughts after Him," it is then that character change will occur.  It is once we have accepted God's salvation and been brought into a right standing with Him through the death and resurrection of His precious Son, Jesus Christ, and living wholeheartedly for Him, that God brings us through the necessary trials, hardship, and difficulty in life to purge, refine, and sanctify us, show us our need for Him, transform our character, and build the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5: 22-23).

People may make strides toward repentance and better choices in life, yet true heart change where we are transformed from the inside out is only possible through God's intervention in our lives through the acceptance of His salvation and our daily commitment to Him thereby.

" 'These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.' "  John 16: 33

What do you treasure most about God?  What is your favorite attribute of His?  What are a few of your favorite Bible Scriptures?


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