The World's Wisdom ... or Better Said ... FOOLISHNESS! (part 3)
6. Be gleefully grabby: Every once in a while, you should take the last cookie. We tend to suppress that instinct, but a little bit of "me-first"-ism can make you giddy.
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Listen. "Me-first"-ism is the root problem of our world. In fact, every single crime, offense, evil deed, slanderous word, malicious thought can be traced back to "me-first"-ism. What is the middle letter of the word "sin?" Yep! That's right. As followers of Christ, he calls us to a higher standard. Just as he did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many ... he calls us to serve (Mark 10:42-45). The Apostle Paul also directs us to consider others and their needs before we consider our own (Philippians 2:3-4). Certainly does not sound like the path of Jesus is about ME FIRST at all!
7. Get mad and stay mad: Instead of adhering to the adage, "forgive and forget," it's sometimes wiser to remember - at least for a while . . . of course, common sense dictates that you shouldn't hold a grudge for too long or your might drive a wedge between yourself and others.
OK. How does this advice align with the Bible? For starters, consider Ephesians 4:26 where we are told to not allow the sun to go down on our anger. Also, take a moment and read the parable Jesus told about the need to forgive (Matthew 18:21-35). And if you any more encouragement to put off anger ... and to put on forgiveness, see Colossians 3:13).
I hope as a result of my brief evaluation of the advice of this article . . . you have seen how our society is moving further away from biblical norms for life and practice. This means that we must redouble our efforts to saturate and renew our minds with God's Word! Failure to do so will only leave us open and vulnerable to this kind of ungodly influence.
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