Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, August 4 2022




Naturally, man is easily influenced either positively or negatively by his environment and its make-up that is why Christians are warned to be mindful of their environment, friends and association they keep. Communication, which is the concept of transmitting or exchanging idea, data or information, is a very powerful and influential tool used by Satan the devil to deceive, entice and lure people into sin. This is achieved by the improper use of the tongue as stated in the Bible. – James 3:6-9.


Among some people, no word is considered too filthy or indecent to utter. By the utterances of such people, one can judge their character, “For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.”


“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” So says King Solomon in Proverbs 18:21. We shall consider in the following days the consequences of evil communication.

Text: “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds”. – 2 Peter 2:8.

Comment: In some public places such as motor parks, markets, etc., it is not uncommon to hear people make utterances that offend the sensibility of right-thinking individuals. This bespeaks how far away from righteousness man has drifted. Acts of immorality, corruption, and other evils are freely communicated like it is something to be proud about. The evils of our age are nothing different from the godlessness that culminated into the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by the God of Justice.


According to the Bible, Lot was saved because he never entangled himself with their lawlessness but “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked”. As God Almighty is angry with the wicked everyday, reserving them unto the day of judgment to be punished, (Psalm 7:11; 2 Peter 2:9) The same fate will befall those who, despite their knowledge of God’s righteousness, take delight in the ungodliness of sinners. St. Paul wrote: “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” – Romans 1:32.


May God endow us with the strength to resist the enticements of the wicked at all times, for our own good by His grace.