Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Theme: AVOIDING AND OVERCOMING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS

Text: “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” – Titus 3:3.

Comment: Because the devil is always busy luring people into sin, some  people of goodwill find themselves under his apron strings and give themselves to all sorts of behaviours, thinking it is the right way to live.  Unfortunately, after they had realized they had been doing foolish things, they somehow convince themselves that they are too far gone to change. But that change is possible by the grace of God. Manasseh, king of Judah practised idolatry and oppressed the people until God suffered him to be carried as a prisoner to Babylon.  However, he so humbled himself that God moved the Assyrians to restore him to his throne and thenceforth he practised righteousness. (2 Kings 21:1-26; 2 Chronicles 33:24)  Zaccheus was a tax-gatherer, who, like others in the same profession, was enriching himself from what he collected. But he sincerely repented by accepting Christ who also told him “This day is salvation come to this house,… For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9, 10) One should not therefore hate himself, by feeling he is too weak to live a godly life or think that if he gives up on old behaviors his colleagues would not regard him again. Definitely, one who makes the needed change will find new friends among godly peopled. It may have taken a long time for one to become addicted and it will certainly take prayer and determination to overcome it. See Luke 4:18-20; Romans 7:19-25.