Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Do Not Love the Vile

"He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight" (Ephesians 1:4).   

Often when we think about living holy and blameless lives, we think about what we should abstain from, sexual immorality and being drunk just to name a few.  When the Psalmist interpreted this idea for himself, and us, in the 101st chapter, he set the bar even higher.   In verse two he starts out by saying that he would "be careful to lead a blameless life."  In verse three he continues with one way in which he would fulfill this ideal for himself when he states, "I will not look with approval on anything that is vile."

On the surface, this doesn't sound so difficult.  We go back to our list above and say check and move on.  When we take a good look at God's holiness and what all He considers vile, this verse starts to take on much greater depth.  Especially when we consider the subtle ways in which we approve of what God feels is vile, the gossip and jokes that we laugh at and then pass around, the movies that we watch, the books that we read, the music that we listen to, the list could go on and on.  God calls us to a life of holiness.  If we are going to live according to this standard set by the Psalmist, we need to take a careful look at our lives.  How would our lives be different then they are now if we truly lived up to this standard.  Wow, as Christians, we have a tall order to fill.  Yet another reason why the whatsoever Wednesday posts by Melissa and Helene are so important in our lives.
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