How often do you find yourself negatively influenced by another person? How many times have you realized that you've compromised your convictions and have fallen short of God's plan for your life?
Don't settle for sin and disobedience. Don't let fear, or even fatigue, keep you from faithfulness. And don't let the temptations of the world lead you astray.
Our God of grace ransomed us.
Sin—the product of disobedience—is deceitful. We can even be mired in sin and yet unaware of our disobedience because of our cultural blindness. It is a consequence of the fall that we struggle against daily—a brokenness that we could never cure—a failing with an ultimate cost. Romans 6:23 tells us that "the wages of sin is death"—a debt too high for any of us to pay. That's why our God of grace ransomed us, just as Romans 6:23 concludes, ". . . but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Our disobedience is painful; it stunts our growth, and it hurts those around us. But thank God that His promises are never affected by our disobedience. He is faithful, and His mercy is new every morning (see Lamentations 3:22-23). So let us run to our God of grace, repenting of sin, and pursue righteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Father, help me never to settle for disobedience. Remind me of the price that You paid for my salvation. Thank You, God, that Your promises are not affected by my disobedience. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).