“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” 1 Peter [2:12]
Have you ever caught yourself doing the opposite of what you know you should be doing? The Apostle Paul describes this internal struggle so well in Romans [7:15], “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
For the believer, the Apostles’ struggle is our struggle, too. It’s a battle that we regularly wage in our heart and mind. The problem is knowing what should be done is not the same as doing what should be done. To win this battle we must start with a daily decision to follow the Lord and His ways rather than our sinful desires. We can’t let doubt, anxiety, or the selfishness that we experience internally determine the course of our steps.
What are the steps that you take to win the battle? Who are you inviting into your life that can hold you accountable to walking in God’s ways rather than your own? Truth is; fellow believers within your faith community can encourage you along the way. Believer, don’t go it alone!
Father, it is far too easy for me to ignore the battle within. Thank you for the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. Thank you for sending other brothers and sisters to encourage me in this challenge. Amen.
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