“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers” – Romans 1:27-29
If we could only count how many times our Father in Heaven has forgiven us and our transgressions. How blessed are those who have not been given over to themselves. We were born dead in sins and transgressions.
How easily, even at a very young age, do we choose a path laden with sin and depravity in which we spend a majority of our time merely feeding our own appetite for lust, power and domination over those of whom we may freely exploit, ruin and devour. Even when we try to justify our evil intent with a good final outcome, we are only heaping more coal upon ourselves. The ends will never justify the means. Evil can never be pacified, it only breeds more evil.
All who play Judas will come to a terrifying end. There is no winning in this ‘game’ of life. A shallow grave reflects the universal end of an earthly existence. Will we redeem the time? Is our love and kindness ever on display even in response to the growing hostility that abounds a little more with each passing day?
We are no better than the reprobate short of our faith and understanding. However, if we truly have these things what more shall we need. We are infinitely and eternally blessed beyond measure. Our gratitude will transcend temporal things and our perspective shall not give way to hardship and adversity.
We may struggle, but overall our life is very, very good. Is that your worldview? Is it reflected in your walk, talk and life? If not, why not?
Compassion breeds truth in love which in turn breeds bitter hate or joyous redemption. Ultimately, it’s God’s call.
by AJ CASTELLITTO