Being Godly in the obvious things

“When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.”  Luke 2:39.

These folks did what they were supposed to do.  They went to Bethlehem and then Jerusalem.  Later, they would go to Egypt.  No questions asked, they did what they were told.

I continue to be amazed by my difficulties in doing what I’m told.

The Bible says a lot of “Do this,” and “Don’t do that.”  Most of the time clearly stated.

Why do I have so much trouble obeying the obvious?

Treating other people badly has been a constant source of concern for me.  I know exactly what the Bible says about how I should treat others who love God.  There’s no wiggle room.

I regularly want to blame others for my behavior.  “They did this, or that, so I reacted the way I did.”  Must not work that way……..and I know it.  I am accountable for my behavior.  No matter what comes along, I’m required to be Godly.  Someone says something I don’t like?  Doesn’t matter.  My response MUST be Godly!

This is yet another instance in which I know that in my own strength I will make a complete mess of things.  I do not have the capability to pull off “Godly” without being full of God. Therefore, I must be filled with Him.

How about when things are going smoothly?  I must be filled with Him.  I cannot acquire any self-confidence.  My confidence must come from my relationship to God.  In Him, I can do the Godly thing.  Without Him?  All bets are off!

Conclusion: I must be filled with the Holy Spirit to live a Godly life.

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