A Debased Mind by Kirk Hunt
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting
Romans 1:28 NKJV
Please also read Romans 1:18-32
Sin is never a victimless crime. Someone else always pays the price of your debased thoughts and actions. A sinful mind can only find the violent, abusive, unforgiving, unmerciful path to a solution.
There is always a different solution. Father-God gives wisdom to those who ask. Jesus commands us to be very cunning but without harm to others. You do not have to resort to weapons or violence (physical, mental or financial) just because they are available.
Full disclosure: Like every other human being, I am not perfect. Still, I try. I practice finding the other solution. Only a brute, or a thug, seeks only to use force.
If violence is your first solution, you probably did not think it through very well. Or your mind is trapped in the lowest, most debased responses. Father-God wants you to ask Him to raise your level. So does everyone around you.
A higher response takes longer. A clever action requires more thought. Finding the graceful way requires a mind that seeks to bless, not blast, others. Any brute or thug can swing a club.
Jesus wants His disciples to benefit Father-God’s children. When faced with their worst, that is an opportunity for you to demonstrate His best. Raise your mind in Him, so you can raise their souls to His heart.
Think: No matter what I face, I can find a higher, better solution in God’s wisdom.
Pray: “Lord, I ask for Your wisdom so I can have a higher response.”
Copyright © February 2021, Kirk Hunt
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