Sin, doing stuff wrong, drifting, getting carried away in the moment, willfully or by mistake, it happens. As someone who has chosen to walk with God the only question, the biggest question is this: what do I do in response?
One answer is I do nothing. Which could be considered more about me looking for ways to justify my behaviour and choices. No one got hurt, well not really, it’s just the way I am and in a world of tolerance and acceptance everything is alright, isn’t it?
When I do nothing, nothing changes. Which may not be a problem if I’m not wanting to take my walk with God as seriously as I should. When I serious I don’t mean hard, I just mean that in saying I love God, my life illustrates that love.
The other answer is I do something. Perhaps to stop, reflect and ask the awkward questions. Are there things I am doing, lifestyle choices, attitudes, even thinking which just doesn’t line up with the Word of God, the lifestyle of Jesus’ teaching?
We don’t always like the answers. Truth is though, when we place our lives in Gods hands it is now not ours, we have given it away.
The best answer is God has already done everything. And that’s where the motivation to want to live right comes from. King David was thankful for this overwhelming truth, and we capture His desperation within Psalm 51 as he doesn’t want to lose any part of His God.
Mercy. Love. Cleansed. Recreated. Renewed. Restored.Upheld.
Take one word each day. Think about what it means. Thank God for it. Meditate on the impact it has had on your life. Ask God to help you live a life worthy of what it means to you.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit [Psalm 51:10-12 ESV]