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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Philippians 1:10-11

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God."

What is appropriate behavior for believers? Should our standards be higher than those of the world? Should the way a Christian woman dresses be modest and not sensually suggestive? Should the music we listen to be edifying to the Lord rather than the drum beat of the world? Should Christians condone the perverse sexual practices around us?

I hope these questions, or the answers to them, are enough of a bombshell to jar us out of our spiritual lethargy. It is almost an embarrassment to realize how low our standards have slipped below God’s pattern for Christian living.

Are you ready for another shock? Think about the number of times when you heard Christian people snicker about the sinful actions of others. They may try to act holy themselves, but act amused when it comes to other’s sins.

I have mentioned in previous Daily-E-Votionals that I have repeatedly confronted young couples who live together before marriage. When I ask them if they know that it is contrary to God’s Word and not pleasing in His sight, they answer that they do. When I challenge them to stop immediately, they agree. They have often thanked me and mentioned that I was the first person to tell them to stop.

Young couples who purpose to remain pure before marriage are often the brunt of jokes and crude remarks. It is time to put a stop to this snickering and making fun of those who desire to live appropriately. Not only should the snickering stop, but encouragement should be given.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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