All of us have been deeply shocked and disturbed by the terrible incidents of violent crime and terrorism.
Why, we ask, would people terrorize and murder their fellow citizens? I will not try to go into the psychological and sociological explanations that some would offer, but the Bible does give some warnings and guidelines pertaining to our thought life, which is the source of our actions.
Godâ€™s Word, the Bible, tells us that when people refuse to acknowledge God, they are in danger of being given over to evil thoughts, and capable of the heinous sins mentioned in Romans 1:28-32. Unfortunately our society, including our schools and courts, seems to be more and more determined not to acknowledge God. While this does have an impact and negative influence on young people, you personally can choose to know God!
The only way you can really get to â€˜knowâ€™ God is to accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as your own personal Lord and SaviourIf you will do this by confessing that you are a sinner and believing that Christ died for your sins, the Holy Spirit will enter your heart and mind. You will then have the strength to say â€œnoâ€ to those things which can only drag you down morally and spiritually. Jesus said, â€œI am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Meâ€ (John 14:6).Â You will then be able to choose not to listen to the immoral and diabolical suggestion on social media and elsewhere that evil is â€˜coolâ€™ and therefore desirable.
Speaking of choices, we read in the Bible of a young man, Joseph, who was faced with a fierce temptation on a daily basis. Because he acknowledged God, he was able to say, â€œHow then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?â€ (Genesis 39:9). Samson, another young man, was ruled by his selfish passions and chose what pleased him (Judges 14:3). This began his downfall, and eventually caused him to lose his life.
God wants you to have the best life â€“ one that is spent in happy service for Him! He says to you, â€œSee, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil â€¦ therefore choose lifeâ€ (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19). Wonâ€™t you choose to begin living a new life by accepting Christ today?
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