For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. Titus 2:11,12
Posted on a crocheting blog was the picture of a young boy sitting on a small bench placed against the wall with an adult hand holding an item that had been destroyed by scissors. The child’s mother stated that her son was on the timeout bench because he intentionally disobeyed her instructions on not touching her yarn and scissors. Immediately, the blog became a battleground from responses that indicated the mother was responsible for her son’s wayward behavior. The consensus was that the child’s punishment was unjust because she left the crafting materials within his reach. And to add injury to insult, she should consider purchasing toys or craft items that would hold his interest and discourage boredom.
What are your practicing beliefs on obedience and self-control? If you were faced with a similar situation, how would you promote obedience as a vital character trait? Would you accept responsibility and reinforce the disobedient and destructive behavior by purchasing yarn and safety scissors for your child? Indeed, this is the challenge that we face when our feelings are ambivalent regarding right and wrong. Although disrespect is a factor, the root of the problem stems from disobedience, which produces a lack of self-control.
Daily, we cross the boundaries that God has given us to live holy and acceptable lives. Our emotions may reflect a lack of self-control, or we may embrace an unhealthy lifestyle by choosing fast foods that facilitate diseases. What about the desires for pleasure-seeking activities: gambling, partying, alcohol and illicit drugs, spending excessive time playing video or online games, watching Rated movies that contain violence, sex, and profanity or spending large amounts of money by purchasing trendy clothing and accessories.
Obedience to God stems from our love for God. When we seek to do His will, the worldly pleasures of this world will be meaningless. It is time for us to take control of ourselves by letting go of all selfish desires which constitute unrighteousness. Even though we may not possess extreme vices, the sin of disobedience against God remains prevalent in our lives.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (first part)
Prayer: Dear God, We are at a crossroads in our relationship with you. Our desires reflect disobedience, and, for this, we ask forgiveness. We need your strength to change and to take control of our lives. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020