Gave Them Over

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I wonder and often worry about God’s favor and blessing upon my life. I am certainly blessed without deserving it. I’m not perfect, for sure. I make mistakes and I do what I myself do not approve, let alone failing to do all that God desires. But, His grace is sufficient. When I seek Him with a penitent heart, I find His mercy and love. God has not rejected me, but rather adopted me as His own. There are some people that the apostle Paul warns in his letter to the Romans who are in grave danger. They are those who reject the truth of God for idols and deceitful lies. He says that God “gave them over”, first to sinful desires, then shameful lusts, and finally a depraved (reprobate) mind. In this state people have left the knowledge of God, ceased to glorify Him, and are defined as: they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. What a sad way to live. Oh, I pray I never stray so far. Instead, may fidelity, love and mercy mark my life.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Romans 1:24-25 NASB

How do I still seek God daily? What sinful desires or lies tempt me away from the life He has for me to live?

God, as this day begins- what a sober warning from this amazing theological letter that describes so well the human condition. Would You forgive my sin, cleanse me from all unrighteousness, empower me by Your Spirit to live a life of fidelity, love and mercy? There are some big tasks ahead today. I ask for Your wisdom and protection, insight and understanding, and Your heart in all matters with all people. Thank you for the opportunity to glorify You by loving someone in Jesus’ name. Thank you for not ‘giving me over’ to myself and my own ways. How terrible that would be.

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