Sisters For Sunshine

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on July 8, 2013

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – 1 Timothy 4:7-16

We need to learn how to act godly. Without God, we are alone, defending ourselves, hanging on. To be a good Christian takes training and constant practice before godliness can be ingrained in us.

In Girlfriends in God post, writer Sharon Jaynes describes a moment when she was in a car wreck and knew in her mind what she was supposed to do, but ended up reacting to the danger in the opposite direction. Like a driver with reflexes, as Christians, we should react to life keeping in mind the teachings and love from God. This requires constant devotion and learning about God.

“Sometimes we know in our heads what we are supposed to do, but the reflexes of old programming overcome reason. The Bible tells us that when we come to Christ, we are a new a creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). However, no one pushes the delete button to erase old habit patterns that have been formed over time. Only through prayer and practice can we retrain our old ways and habits to form new godly reflexes that will reflect the nature of Christ.”

May we ask God to replace our default reactions with the habits and reactions of a good Christian. May God guide us to do the right thing in response to every situation. Amen.

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