Living as foreigners among a confused people

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV)

And when God gives them over to their depraved minds, they “become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.” (Romans 1:29)

Understand that we are foreigners among a confused people. We live as exiles in a dark land. Abstain from the sinful desires your neighbors indulge — the ungodly values their culture presses upon you — because those desires and values wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11) Don’t buy into their rationalizations for rejecting God’s ways.

Instead, lead your family to walk in God’s ways. Make disciples who make disciples. Love your neighbor the way you love yourself. Serve “the least of these” your brothers and sisters in their difficulties. And pray that the experience of God’s love at the hands of God’s people would turn darkened hearts toward his marvelous light.

“We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” (John 9:4 NLT)

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