The Struggle Within Ourselves
By, Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:1-7
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Scripture Quote: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Christ followers strive to emulate Him in word and deed. But, by trying to conform to the behavior of our holy Savior, we will struggle with our flesh continually. We have the formula for perfection from God by revelation through His Word. Just because we may know something, it doesn't necessarily follow that we are actually capable of accomplishing it. Still, God requires that His children desire a mind that thinks as Jesus does and a heart that is dominated by love.
There is great reward in the heart in which Christ dwells and rules, even as it struggles to reach His standards. Until we are raised into eternity, we won't be able to achieve a level of self-control that never falters. Neither will we love unselfishly at all times. But, if we can dwell on the many blessings we have already received, and concentrate on the light Christ shines on our path each day as we seek and see the good in life, we will have come that much closer to the goal. Let God’s light shine through you whenever possible. Darkness flees in the presence of light.
Today’s meditation: Put God's Word into practice by your thoughts and actions.
Memory Verse: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NIV)