“We all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy…made us alive together with Christ” Ephesians 2:3-5
In the story, The Scorpion and the Frog, the scorpion asked the frog for help across the stream with the promise he would not sting the frog. To make a long story short, once they had crossed the stream the scorpion deceived the frog and stung him. When asked why, the scorpion responded, “Because it’s in my nature!”
after we come to know Jesus, if we are honest with ourselves, giving in to our own self-gratification and desires is a very real struggle—it often feels natural to give in. The story in the Gospels that comes to mind is the woman who had been caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). The religious leaders were ready to stone her for her sin. Jesus had a different way! With all the love and compassion a person could possibly have, He reached out to her, saying, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her!” One by one they left. Then Jesus assured the woman she was not being condemned, while at the same time instructing her to stop living that way.
May we show grace to others with the same compassion and love that Jesus displayed. May we also find those areas in our lives that gratify our lustful desires and stop living that way.
God, grant me grace today and help me to turn from the desires the enemy tells me will bring me happiness. Only You are my peace! Amen.
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