Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, May 21, 2020

Theme: AVOIDING AND OVERCOMING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS

Text: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”- Romans 12:21.

Comment: Though we are born in sin and are therefore imperfect, those who are called by God to serve Him are given His spirit which enables them to be more inclined to righteousness than to evil. “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” (Romans 13:14) Anyone who is addicted to drinking, overeating, smoking, use of drugs, immoral conduct, gambling, compulsive shopping, etc. must, having come to Christ, replace those habits with godly activities.  He must hand himself and his addiction over to God to help him out. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22) He should draw up goals and objectives to be met on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly basis. He must embark on self monitoring of his achievements or lack of it. He must avoid settings which arouse negative emotions in him.  He should be ready to talk frankly and honestly with a supportive person or elder for help to keep him in line and objectively point out if he is actually making good progress in leaving the old patterns of thinking, feeling, or behaving. This prayer by King David is important for the person struggling to be free from out-of-control behaviours. “Incline not my heart to any evil thing to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties…” – Psalm 141:3-5

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