Thursday, May 24, 2007

I Peter 1:17

Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
(NIV)

This passage if full of great quotes. Little one-liners that come in very handy in difficult situations.

I know that this particular verse has come in very useful to me when it comes to internet usage. As many American men have learned, the internet can be a great tool, but it can also be the source of many temptations. Things that one would have had to be very sneaky about coming into contact with are now available right in your own living room. All forms of internet pornography are right at your fingertips.

This verse, especially the second part about the "reverent fear" as "strangers here" can be very encouraging when you are considering those temptations.

I hope that this verse might come in handy to at least one person today. If you are like me and you have faced the temptations of the internet, then let me make one practical suggestion. Post this verse right above the screen.

(But don't make the same mistake that I did. Get accountability. Be honest with someone you love and trust. Follow the example in I Corinthians when it speaks of Godly sorrow: "See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter." A person who is exhibiting true Godly sorrow is willing to do whatever it takes to be right with God. Some of us are only willing to do the least amount possible.)

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