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Follow Instruction, Avoid Destruction

A nursing home assistant recently told me that her job involves constantly repeating instructions for the senior residents,  even though their behaviors don’t change. But, because she cares for them, she simply continues to gently instruct them again and again.

I hate to admit it, but I’m like those senior residents when it comes to my walk with Jesus. I have repeatedly received instructions but I tend to resort to my same old behaviors. I justify my sinful thoughts by saying I am not hurting anyone, but my constant justification is moving me closer to action. Should my sinful thoughts materialize, the consequences would devastate many innocent people.

Paul was on a mission to unite the Christians in Corinth to strengthen the growing church. The people were more focused on their outward appearance than on having a God-focused heart. In 2 Corinthians 12:20, Paul cautioned the believers: “For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.”  Paul worried that even after repeated instruction the people of Corinth would not have changed their behaviors. He warned them that if this were the case, they very well may not be pleased with his visit.

Like the nursing home assistant and her residents, Jesus loves me and cares for me. He continues to gently instruct and guide me over and over. He is coming back. I would hate for Jesus to find that I still have not corrected my behavior. I pray for God to remove my sinful thoughts and help me to discipline myself not to entertain them.


  • What guidelines are you using to evaluate your behavior?
  • What does the Bible say about your behavior?
  • We cannot do life alone.  Who might be a good accountability partner to help you in following God’s instructions for you?

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