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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wise to Do Evil

"For My people are foolish,
They have not known Me.
They are silly children,
And they have no understanding.
They are wise to do evil,
But to do good they have no knowledge."
~ Jeremiah 4:22 (NKJV)

"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."
~ Matthew 18:3-4 (NKJV)

To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
~ Titus 1:15 (NKJV)

Any parent can appreciate a small child who emerges from a bath and runs through the house stark naked, innocently reveling in the freedom from clothing. All too soon, we acquire knowledge of good and evil, and such freedom is lost to us.

Our human nature inclines us to be continually sinful. We are wise to do evil without effort or training. We can point a finger at the world and say it has corrupted us. It is humans who first corrupted the world.

Jesus came to set us free from this burden of sin. Alone, we will continue to swerve toward evil—to be filled with pride, lust, anger. As we walk closely with the Lord, He continually cleanses our hearts and sanctifies us so that all things might become pure to us.

He converts us to again become as little children, innocently enjoying His good gifts.

Good Father, You shower us with good gifts. How many are lost to us because our hearts still gravitate toward evil? Please do whatever it takes to make us so humble and pure that nothing must be restrained from us. Incline us to hate everything that is evil, to love all that is good.

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  1. That is my prayer, do unto us whatever it takes to make us humble and pure. Frightening yet sublime.

  2. It is hard to think about gifts that might be lost on me b/c of the position of my heart. But that is why I come here every tell the truth!
    ~ Wendy

  3. It's one of life's saddest ironies that we spend so much of our childhood wanting to be adults, only to become adults who long for the innocence of childhood again.

    "Create in me a clean heart, O God." I pray that daily.

  4. Anne, your site is quickly becoming one of my favorites! Excellent

  5. Yes, this is my prayer sweetie.


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