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Forsake the World’s Wickedness

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An honest assessment of our spiritual life can be alarming, since it may reveal many truths about our conformity to the world and the acceptance of sin. Could it be that we have been around sin so long that we have become accustomed to it? Or maybe, we regard the moral instructions outlined in the Holy Bible as ‘impractical’ and ‘unattainable’, at least for us who live in this harsh and modern world.

This is far from the truth; the Words of the Bible are as relevant today as ever. God is unchanging [1], and His Word abides forever [2]. The devil however works tirelessly to convince us otherwise. His greatest objective is for you and I to become desensitized to the presence of sin in our lives, unaware of its toxic effects. This is why St Clement exhorts us to examine ourselves and forsake the wickedness that has crept into our lives, regardless of how difficult that may be.

Our journey through this life is a constant struggle, requiring us to be always watchful. Day-by-day we must strive for perfection by imitating our Lord Christ. This does not guarantee that our weak and corrupt nature will not fall, but rather that the Lord will reward our struggles by strengthening us, lifting us, and restoring us. This is the measure of our Lord’s mercy, which enables us to stand before Him in boldness and without shame at His coming [3].

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Thanks and God bless
Marco

[1] “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. (Malachi 3:6)

[2] But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:25)

[3] And now, little children, abide in Him, that when[a] He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. (1 John 2:28)

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