He Had Not Been Himself

Read the Bible in a year by reading Luke 15:11-32 today.
It is not unusual to hear people say that someone was not himself when he did something awful. They generally say that to excuse the behavior, but it does not excuse their behavior. It is true that we are not ourselves when doing inappropriate things, but we can come back to ourselves. This is what Jesus showed in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. After the young man in the story had gone into sin, Jesus then said, “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!'” (Luke. 15:17). Did you hear Jesus explain why the young man remembered his father’s household? Again, Jesus said, “But when he came to himself…” While in sin, the young man was not himself; he was not what God created him to be. However, he started thinking right again and knew what was right and what was wrong. His thinking he could control.
You can control what you think. Try it under all circumstances today and you will learn that you are fully responsible for yourself, which also means that you can live a life like Jesus, faithful under all conditions.

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