Here’s an exercise that will purify your thought life and help you curb your tongue.
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
If you agree that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, then today’s verse will make perfect sense, and it has everything to do with obedience. We want to obey God all the time, but doing so can easily feel legalistic, like we must follow all the rules, whatever they are, to please Him. Today’s verse offers the hope we need.
Since all disobedience is sin, then failing to carry out our primary purpose for being is certainly sin. If our primary purpose is to bring glory to God, then we should do everything in our power to bring Him glory. While the whole “bring Him glory” thing sounds too vague, let’s make it as practical and easy as possible. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that everything we do, think, or say that does
AS I SEE IT
n’t bring glory to God is sin. Therefore, we should do everything in our power not to sin by doing, saying, or thinking anything that doesn’t bring God glory.
This doesn’t mean that we should go around analyzing every second of our lives. I think it’s really much simpler than that. The Holy Spirit will let us know when we should ask ourselves the question, “Will this bring glory to God?” As soon as a questionable thought enters our minds, He will get our attention. As we “weigh the options” regarding a decision, He will remind us. As soon as we start to make a comment about someone, He will place the question in front of us. Instead of worrying about what to obey, how about filtering those crucial thoughts and actions through this filter: Will what I am contemplating bring glory to God?
I have started applying this, and it has stopped me mid-sentence more times than I care to admit. It has caused me to ask for forgiveness time after time as I am confronted with so many things in my thought life that clearly would not have brought glory to God. This exercise will humble you, but it will purify you. It may depress you, but eventually, the joy will return as it starts to change the way you think. Today’s message is short but contains one of the best tools I have encountered to gain victory over those things that have kept us in bondage.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
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