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Avoid Every Kind of Evil


1 Thessalonians 5:22 is one of the simplest verses in the Bible. It isn't wordy, it isn't full of metaphors, similes, or analogies, it's just 5 simple words. And yet, even though it is so easy to read and to understand, it is almost impossible for us to do.

As Christians we are constantly putting ourselves in situations where we are tempted, or where we want to sin. High school students sometimes go along with the wrong crowd, knowing what they are like, just to fit in. Working with high school students, I often hear of the temptations they face; drinking, smoking, drugs, shop-lifting, even beating up or putting others down...

As adults we do the same thing, we put ourselves in situations we know we shouldn't, because we want to fulfill our desires. We make excuses to put ourselves in these situations by telling ourselves that we can resist, that we will no longer fall to the different kinds of evil that we have been addicted to. Just like most drug addicts who become clean, we go back to the source of the problem, and try to live with the very things that caused us to fall the first time.

Jesus had a completely different idea about the things that caused us to sin, He didn't tell us just to avoid it, He told us to completely separate ourselves from it (Matthew 18:8). He didn't say get better and then you can return to it and be free from its power... He said throw it away, get it out of your life, stay far away from anything that causes you to fall.

Today we have a lot of different types of evil in our lives. We all have things that we struggle with, whether it is sexual lust, crude language, what we watch on TV, how we treat other people, drugs, alcohol, pride, etc. Whatever it is that causes you to sin, that causes you to fall, you need to separate from it. It doesn't matter if you can beat it 18 out of 19 times, because you still fail that one time, and you still fall short.

Today, take a serious look at the evil in your life, at the things that are causing you to fall, and then get rid of it. Avoid every kind of evil. Separate yourself from sin, and bring yourself closer to God.

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Matthew 18:8
[8] Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

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