Friday, October 7, 2011

Taking Things Too Seriously?

     I like to self-evaluate.  I know I'm a great sinner, in need of a great Saviour.  I know that even though I've been saved since 1994, and that I've been growing by leaps and bounds in my walk with Christ these past five years, that I'm still very capable and very adept to sinning.
     All that being said, I wonder at times if maybe I'm taking things too seriously.  Am I drawing a line where one is not necessary?  Am I understanding the English interpretation of the Holy Bible incorrectly?  Am I living in extremes?
     The answer varies.  I have drawn unnecessary lines, based on ignorance or immaturity.  I have also simply stayed behind the lines God has clearly drawn.  I have misunderstood Scripture, but also by His grace understood it by interpreting Scripture with Scripture.
     Am I living extremely for Christ?  Some would say, "Yes."  Some would say, "No."  Others might say, "I dunno."  The question I must ask myself is this one:  "Am I willing to live according to God's Word, even if the world or other Christians think it extreme?"  The answer I hope will always be the same as today:  "Yes."
Titus 2

 1But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
   2That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
   3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
   4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
   5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
   6Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
   7In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
   8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
   9Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
   10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
   11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
   12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
   13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
   14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
   15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

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