Deny Ungodliness and pursue Godliness!
by Shaila Touchton
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Unrepentant, non believers and rebellious person continues to live in sin reject correction and they do not want their evil deeds to come to light because their works are evil and they live in comfortable sinful lifestyle. They are always looking for ways to mock and attack believers and those who are walking in Godly ways (Micah 3:2).
Ungodly people are spiritual blinded whose lives are not godly and are always opposed to God and his ways. The Bible says that ungodly people hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD and they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. They are people who do not put God and his Word first in their life rather they are more into worldly materialism, fun and enjoyment. They decide what is right and wrong out of their own mind and lusts, and reject and despise God’s demands and prohibitions. When you rebuke ungodly he will mock at you or he will find excuses to defend himself. Few among them may also say I am not into religious or spiritual stuff because we are all sinners and there is no one perfect. They are often filled with pride and arrogance, they boast and justify about their sinful lifestyle proudly.
As John 12:40 says “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts--so that their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them."
The counsel of the ungodly is any philosophy, teaching, idea, advises, thoughts, behaviors, lifestyles and attitude that does not come from the Bible and the Holy Spirit rather it comes from evils spirit which is demonic. The way of sinners is the path of one’s own will instead of God’s will. God's word says that you need to choose people that will lead you CLOSER to God - evil, ungodly people will corrupt you.
Psalm 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
There is no sin or habit which cannot be overcome, but sinners continue in sinning and they morally corrupt their surroundings. When we were born into this world, we were born with a sinful nature that opposes the law of God. But when we are born again by the spirit of God, we received a new divine nature that hates sin and we are born of God which we have a new nature that is convicting us of the sin in our life and moving them forward in God’s grace and victory over sin. Isaiah 9:17
Paul encouraged Timothy to be an example to other believers “in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).
Jesus warns us never to set a bad example and cause others to sin (Romans 14:13, Matthew 18:6, 1Corinthians 8:9-13). People are watching our lives, and we should present a good example (Rom.14:7, 1 Cor. 15:33)
Whoever is born of God will not live in sin. (1 John 3:9).We need to hate sin by refusing to take part in it .We should condemn and rebuke the sin and the sinner when we see it. Since sin is of the devil. (1 John 3:8). Sin is to be hated, not excused or taken lightly. It is not hateful to tell a person is in sin. All unrighteousness is a sin.( 1 John 5:17). Saints are made free from sins and have become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18).We should never encourage ourselves and others in any evil things which causes us to sin and we should not delight in those who commit sins. Sin is the nature of a wicked and a characteristic of a Devil and who has gone spiritually away from God . We should continuously pray to God at all times to deliver us from all evil And guarding our self not to have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. The sins are always to be confessed, repented, mourned truly in order to be a righteous before God.
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10.
Scripture says to rebuke. In Proverbs 8:13: All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.
Romans 12:9 :Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Gal. 6:1
My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death
and will cover a multitude of sins. Jas. 5:19-20
If your brother sins go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. Matt. 18:15
Titus 1:13: "This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.
Conclusion: May we all continue to encourage and inspire others to live a Godly life thereby living as children of light which pleases the Lord." (Ephesians 5:8, 10)
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