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Topic: Predicament (03/01/12)
TITLE: Avoiding Unacceptable Dilemmas
By Fern Brown
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We need to predict the end results of our behaviour. Oh, how we sometimes get ourselves into some of the worst-case scenarios one can imagine. However, an antidote for every situation in life lies in the pages of the Holy Bible. Many pitfalls in our Christian life can be avoided by knowing what the Word of God says. When Satan tempted Jesus, He fought and gained victory simply by using the Scriptures. We never need to give in to difficult circumstances when we wear our spiritual armour and carry the Sword of the Lord. Let’s discuss a few cases and apply Scriptural principles to overcome unnecessary dilemmas.
Friendly conversations often result in gossiping, which God hates. Someone might press us for information that we know, but have no right repeating, no matter how awkward we feel. What do we do? We life if we say we just don’t know. We find a remedy in Colossians 3:9, which tells us not to lie to one another. Ephesians 4:25 tells us to speak the truth to our neighbor. The answer is to say meekly, “I am not at liberty to share that information.”
In the workplace, many people fall into the habit of enjoying friendships with the opposite gender who are not their own spouse. That, too often, ignites feelings and actions that are inappropriate. The Bible says in I Corinthians 7:2-3 the way to avoid immorality is to treat our own spouses right so we won’t be tempted to enter wrong relationships with others.
Anger is another issue over which we can gain victory. Road rage causes people to lose all common sense. Instead of trying to teach someone how to drive correctly by pulling in front of them because they are going too fast, or cutting them off because they cut off someone else, and perhaps causing an accident or death, what is the solution? Ephesians 4:26 says, Be ye angry and sin not. It does upset us when others drive irresponsibly, but our duty is to be kind anyway as Ephesians 4:32 teaches. We can take it a step further and pray that the foolish driver not cause harm to others on the road.
Becoming an alcoholic starts with one drink. Some people think they can handle liquor, believing they are the exception to the every rule and that becoming a drunkard will never happen to them. Proverbs 20:1 speaks strongly against wine, saying it is a mocker and strong drink is raging. It tells us that whoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Refuse to be deceived and never drink the first drop.
The book of Jeremiah teaches us how the Hebrew children worshipped false gods and idols, a grievous sin against Almighty God. God instructed them repeatedly to turn from idols and repent. But they were content to continue in their sins, until God allowed them to be taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Today many Christians are taken captive by their own desires, as well. Because we don’t know what God says in His Word, we think it is okay to do anything we want. And God is grieved, because He has a whole Book full of instructions to keep us from falling into situations that will hurt us and keep us from gaining the blessings He has for each of us.
Unhealthy predicaments can be avoided as we learn and apply the truth of Scripture to our lives.
I Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. KJV
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