Day 8 begins with selections from Romans 12 in The Voice translation: Click HERE to watch!
Word(s) for Day 8: Despise Evil. Pursue Good.
In order to despise evil, we must first admit that evil exists. Evil is real and exists in opposition to what is good. Until we are willing to see things as they are we will be unable to do anything about it. Paul teaches that we should despise evil – abhor it. Separate ourselves from it. Stop making excuses for it. Instead, we are to pursue that which is good. Chase after it! Align ourselves with what is from God – as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.
Good and gracious God, I believe that every good and perfect gift comes from You. Where good and love exist, I believe You can be found. Give me eyes to see You in the good that I find in the world and in the people You’ve created. By Your Spirit’s power and presence, please also help me to recognize evil and be willing (and able) to call it what it is. More than labeling, though, enable me to take action for the good against the evil in this world. When evil is found in my own life and choices, may I seek Your forgiveness and repent and follow You. When evil is evident in the world and people around me, may I choose to stand for what You’ve taught me is right, trusting in Your protection and clinging for dear life to Your Truth. Put my willingness to love authentically to work in Your Kingdom today. Amen.