THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
An old backwoods man took the wagon to town.
He was going to buy "staples" for the next month.
But he arrived home much later than usual.
His wife asked, "What made you so late today? The wagon break down?"
He said, "Naw. I picked up the preacher on the way to town, and them mules didn't understand a word I said after that!"
1 Peter 2:11-12
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Sins "war against the soul" and are exemplified in "fleshly lusts."
The battle is on the inside, but the behavior on the outside demonstrates loss or victory in the battle.
Most people think of "fleshly lusts" as lewdness, sensuality or even heavy appetites.
But let us remember that sin is a spiritual thing first, and a carnal thing second.
For sin begins in the heart, then is shown through physical living.
Perhaps the greatest "fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" today are exhibited in the words people use in their daily conversations.
Some folk just can't help using exlpletives which aren't consistent with a clean heart.
Another fleshly lust "which war(s) against the soul" is the contradiction between talking Christianity and walking it.
The old adage "actions speak louder than words" is still true today.
We have our "conversation ... among the Gentiles" (where the word "conversation" refers to daily living).
Our daily life is openly read and heard among those who aren't believers.
Many unbelievers "speak against you as evildoers" because they see that the "walk" doesn't match up with the "talk."
Let us endeavor to keep our daily lives spotless before others!
So live that when we stand before God in the final day, unbelievers may "glorify God" because of your behavior or "good works."