Behaving Badly


Devotion; Psalm 51:5

Have you ever witnessed a child behaving badly? When you’ve gone shopping, you’ve probably seen the drama occur between parents and children, numerous times.  It could have been in the grocery store, or the Walmart.   All because he or she wasn’t getting the desired item, the child was “pitching a fit.”

It doesn’t make for a pleasant experience for the child, the parent, or the people watching and hearing these dramatic displays of anger.  It affects everyone within ear shot and no one is happy.  Human beings are innately very selfish, self centered people.  We want what we want, when we want it. Period. Selfishness and coveting what the eyes behold, has been around since Adam and Eve.

Christians have been known to display less than righteous behavior.  David wanted Bathsheba.  He was the king of the land; so when he saw the woman he wanted, he took her for himself. The secret would have been theirs to keep had Bathsheba not become pregnant.  This act of sin led David to have Bathsheba’s husband Uriah killed.  Moses threw down God’s copy of the Ten Commandments, carved out by the finger of God Himself.  BIG MISTAKE!  He lost his privilege to go into the Promised Land.  God will not allow his children to sin without consequence to our bad behavior.

The world says we have the right to have what we want, when we want it.  Thus, we have mounds of credit card debt, fornication, adultery, pornography, stealing, and fits of anger to name a few.  Selfishness is a part of the human condition and it’s at the root of all SIN.  We are all guilty.

“We’ve all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”                                                Romans 3:23

As Christians, our “rights” must fall under the righteousness of Christ.  We are tempted to want our way, right now.  God wants your light to shine, rather than your flesh.  He left us with the Holy Spirit, to convict us of our sin.  He longs for us to ask forgiveness of our sin, so that He can hear and answer our prayers.  He says:

                 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord                                    will not hear my prayer.” Psalm 66:18

God knew we would sin.  He created us anyway.  He knew we would behave badly, so He made a way for us to be forgiven.

   “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us           our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”                                               1 John 1:9


Prayer in Motion:

“Thank You Lord Jesus, for setting us free from the law of sin and death.  Search me on God and know my heart.  See if there be any wicked way in me.  Forgive me of all unrighteousness. Renew a steadfast spirit within me.  In Jesus Name I pray. Amen


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