Taking steps forward – not backward. Growing in goodness – not growing in selfishness. Softening my heart – not becoming bitter and cynical.
Change can be good – or bad. It depends on how and what I’m changing.
I’m reminded of this as I read God’s word to me in Romans when the Gentiles rejected God. “Their thinking became futile and their hearts were darkened. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie.”
They changed – in a bad direction. They became defined by worthless thinking and dark hearts. They based their lives on lies, turning away from the One True God. Then they took it a step farther – they encouraged others to do the same thing.
They became filled with envy, murder, strife and deceit. They became slanderers and gossips, God-haters and boastful. They had no understanding, no love, no fidelity and no mercy. And they approved of their way of life.
Just thinking about what their days were like and how it must have felt to live like they were living turns my stomach. What about you?
They lived worthless lives doing exactly what Satan would like all of us to do. Satan could ignore them – they were sold out to his lies and they had given in to his schemes. They were no threat to him. His work with them was done.
Exchanging the truth for lies is always going to be a bad exchange. I’m so glad we’re all on this journey towards the truth together so we can keep our compass pointed right at God.
Thank you, Abba Father.