Day 11 - December 13, 2017

Flee from Sin

“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
 
Why don’t we realize the severity of our sin? Why don’t we realize that our sin effects our relationship with God? I have come up with two possible reasons for this that I would like to discuss. The first one is: Maybe it’s because we know that we’ll be forgiven. Yet, we were saved so that we could be free from sin, not so we could sin freely. Often we are de-sensitized to the seriousness of our sin and we play it off as “no big deal”. We should be disgusted by our sin and want to flee from it, not flirt with it. We need to realize that every sin breaks God’s heart. He didn’t give us these commands to restrict us; He gave them to us to protect us. 

The second possible reason I want to explore is: Maybe it’s what our friends are doing, so it seems “normal”. The Bible tells us time and time again to surround ourselves with believers. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says: “Do not be misled; ‘Bad company corrupts good character’.” I’m not saying that you should stop hanging out with all of your friends who aren’t believers. And I’m not saying that 100% of your time should be spent with believers. Yes, you need to spend time with non-believers in order to make disciples. However, when they start to influence you more than you are influencing them, maybe it’s time to limit how much you hang out with them. I understand that it’s hard. I had to quit a sports team due to the negative influence my teammates had on me. Fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ will encourage you and help you to stand firm in your walk.
 
Prayer
Dear God, help me to realize how disgusting my sins are. As we prepare within this advent season, Lord, give me the desire to flee from sin and help me to see it through your eyes. Please open my eyes to the influence my friends have on me and help me to discern how to manage my time with them. I ask that you guide me in the paths of wisdom and righteousness. In your beautiful name, Amen.
 
submitted by Naomi Laws, TAU High School Participant

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