Be Intentional

11 …pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1 Tim.6:11)

As Christians, we attempt to live the life God desires of us. But, often, the old sin nature raises its ugly head and we act out of our human selfishness and greed. We know we are prone to do this and often excuse it as normal. But, for the Christian Disciple of Christ, we are not a slave to the normal, that sinful nature.

Paul puts it this way, Romans 6:11-14 (NKJV)
11  Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

16  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

We do not have to obey that urge to indulge in selfish behavior. We have the power to overcome that which previously controlled our lives. But we are no longer that person.

We might admit that we are weak. But, that is an excuse for our behavior which is not God’s will for us.

The best way to display the righteousness which God has granted us is to be intentional. That means we consciously and intentionally abandon that selfish tendency to react in ungodly ways. Then we determine that we will do that which is pleasing to Him.

God’s word says, “James 4:17 (NKJV)
17  Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

You can’t get any plainer than that. It is not enough to avoid doing wrong, we also must seek opportunities to do good things.

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