Christian Character 4 of 7

“We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.” ― John Steinbeck

Matthew 12:43“Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. “Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

When you started dating your wife chances are that much the same way you wanted to know and do what made her happy. Giving her flowers, cards, or talking with here for hours on the phone about her day. One of the ways you know a person is saved is because they have a new hunger, a desire to please the one who gave them life. We start reading the Word and we learn about the things we shouldn’t be doing, usually from our brothers and sisters in Christ. We start to remove ‘vices’, ‘sin’ from our lives and feel great about what we are doing but like a dog returning to his vomit we seem to keep returning to them. Nature illustrates spiritual truths, it’s this ‘Nature abhors a vacuum’ the space we empty must be filled with something and that is Christian Character.

Devotional Reading:

Galatians 5:16–24

“He cannot “tempt” to virtue as we do to vice. He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.” ― C.S. Lewis

Abba, Father thank you the grace and mercy you have filled my life with. Fill me with the fruit of Your Spirit and make no room in my life for the old man. Lord make me conscious of my actions and attitudes towards those I work with, those I encounter in my coming and going, and towards my wife and family. Father I thank you also that it is You at work in me and that the good, yes good work you have begun YOU WILL COMPLETE!

 

In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen

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