"... let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. " 2 Timothy 2:19
These past few days I've been thinking about my need to follow unto righteousness.... by putting aside iniquity and striving to be a vessel of honor unto the LORD.
Iniquity comes in all forms... discontentment, unthankfulness, pride, selfishness, lying, evil thoughts, judging, etc.
A vessel of honor. Meet for the Master's use. Prepared for every good work.
My thoughts have been much on a recent verse I read in Matthew, where it says,
" And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
Why do we even allow iniquity to dwell in our hearts? Why do we even strive? Why do we want to be the greatest? And why do we not grow in love, rather than wax cold?
Is it because we do not purge away the "leaven" or evil from our lives... and depart not from that which is iniquity in God's eyes?
Being a servant of the Lord requires that we flee from all that is unrighteousness... and pursue or follow after godliness.
This of course means that we keep our peace even when we are being reviled. It's not easy... to not lash out when a comment is made against us. Our nature is such... that we want to defend ourselves. Yet we have the Lord Jesus Christ as a perfect example,
" For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that we should follow in His steps:...
Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered He threatened not;
but committed Himself to Him that judgesth righteously."
1 Peter 2:21,23
How important it is for me to not render evil for evil, but rather bless... in humbleness. Being humble is probably the hardest thing to implement. And yet, if I am a child of God, I am called to be gentle unto all men... and in meekness correct or instruct those that oppose.
How often I find myself correcting with an ungentle spirit. Or uttering that unkind word when hurt...
Only when I purge away the fleshly desires will I ever be a vessel of honor... meet for the Master's use... prepared for every good work.
... growing in love.
May you be encouraged live as a servant of the LORD...