“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
As we go through life some of us become “pack rats” and we never get rid of anything. There are others that throw everything out almost immediately. I was in a home once and I put my glass down for only a short time, and my hostess picked it up and put it in the dishwasher – the glass was still more than half-full!
It’s always a decision isn’t it? What do I keep and what do I get rid of? Just from our sermon series we know we need to get rid of the following attitudes – complaining, covetous, critical, doubting, and rebellion. We also need to get rid of jealousy, envy, greed, lust, gossip, lies, and hate.
But there are also some things that are worth holding on to. For instance, our hope and our faith in God and His promises. We should hold on to our witness so that we may share it when called upon to do so. There are some things that we don’t necessarily throw away, but we lose them none-the-less because they are taken from us by the devil. Things like joy, peace, and confidence (I John 3:1).
Another thing I think we are all guilty of at one time or another is allowing someone to rob us of our control. Losing control is not a good thing especially as a Christian. Losing control can harm our testimony for Christ. We have to keep control not only of our tongues but of our behavior as a whole.
“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”