Here in Ohio, Summer brings out some quite suspicious looking characters. The odd part is that those suspicious characters are everywhere. We see them at work, in the school, and even the churches. This might sound rather paranoid, except for the massive amount of money spent on surveillance equipment at the workplace, schools, churches, etc. Those suspicious people walk around and we just know they are on a mission given to them by a person of bad character. Then they just stand in a place where there are a lot of people passing by, obviously wanting to take advantage of them in some way. To make things more obvious, when they sit they are very scornful towards decent human beings. Now, if we could get those devils to walk according to a good person’s advice, to stand for something that contributes to others, and to sit in praise of God.
Where have you heard these words before? “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” Imagine how much more safe our public would be if we wanted to be blessed. We would certainly have less security built into our society, which means much less money spent on watching those who walk, stand, and sit with evil spirits. One thing for sure, they are not walking with God, not standing for Christ, and not sitting in heavenly places. Christ’s death on the cross refocused humanity on our need for a relationship with God. In Christ, we walk according to the counsel of the fruit of God’s spirit, we stand for the Lamb who brings us into the presence of God, and we sit in a seat where love reigns.
(The above quote is from Psalms 1:1 of the Bible)
May the fruit of God’s spirit be in us through love, peace, joy, faith, and perseverance.