Break the bad patterns of life

The patience God exemplifies is remarkable. Thankfully, he’s longsuffering and loving (Romans 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9).

Nevertheless, God’s patience does run out. We will either come to the end of our lives (Hebrews 9:27), or the Lord will return (1 Peter 3:10; Titus 1:1-2).

Judgment is assured for every single person (Acts 17:30-31).

We sin and persevere in our error (Romans 3:10-23). The dexterity and inventiveness with which humans rationalize their sins is remarkable.

We can illustrate it this way. Our pets know what we want. Yet, they persist in their schemes to accomplish their will.

Our dog wants to walk to certain places. We say no and turn him in another direction. Yet, he will cleverly try to work his way back to his original destination.

“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do”(Romans 7:15, NKJV).

As Albert Barnes says, “I do not approve; I do not wish it; the prevailing bent of my inclinations and purposes is against it.”

Yet, we do what we want and then find a way to justify it. Brutal honesty is needed to cut though the rationalizations.

The way we do that is to immerse ourselves in the Word and to develop a strong spiritual focus. Placing our eyes on heaven, we weigh our decisions based on new criterion (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Valuing God’s favor above everything else, we find happiness and fulfilment in unexpected places. God is our hope and let’s relax because in him (Ephesians 1:22-23), we’re safely home.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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