Remembering How We Once Were

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. (Titus 3:3 ESV)

As humans, we are all flawed and imperfect. God reminds us how we once were before we were forgiven and saved by his grace so that we don’t think more highly of ourselves. Having differences doesn’t give us the liberty to think that we are better or worse than other people. In the Lord’s eyes we are all the same and he shows no partiality when it comes to settling matters with justice.

Given the right circumstances, I am still capable of every possible sin that I can imagine. Only by God’s grace am I empowered to resist the devil because the Holy Spirit enlightened me with his truth. This is what makes it possible for me to hate the sin but not the sinner because I know principalities of darkness work hard to blind everyone in weak moments. Many times passions and pleasures are used to keep us captive in sin, much like an addictive drug that delivers a short burst of euphoria, enticing a user to want more. No one is immune to falling short of the glory of God.

Fellow Christian, remain humble and keep praying that God delivers you from evil by bringing forth reminders of his word and will into your mind and heart. Also, pray for the people you know who are lost and still struggling in their rebellion against God. They are prisoners who need to be set free with Jesus’s truth and healing power.

“Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: ‘I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness’” (Isaiah 42:5-7).

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