Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Risk of Self-Indulgence

Kids in Manila playing computer games in a half submerged room amidst Monsoon flood.

Today, we see an epidemic of obsession with everything from food and drink to personal agendas. A person indulges himself by taking unrestrained pleasure in his pursuit of enjoyment and showing undue favor to his desires and feelings. For example, the power of appetite is a great enticement to self-indulge.
Self-indulgence leads to excessive striving for yet more worldly pleasure. For those whose chief aim in life is sensual pleasure, there is never enough to satisfy. Self-indulgence can lead to full-blown addiction. Without God's truth of the coming resurrections of mankind, men see no reason to refrain from a life of pleasure and dissipation, ending in death.
The apostle Paul says that we should avoid those who are driven by lust and greed and have no self-control in 2 Timothy 3:1-5;

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

Hebrews 12:1 says;

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Lord Jesus, I confess I was self-indulgent sometimes. Please wash my sin in Your precious Blood shed for us.  Let me shake off the sin that entangles me easily and run the race with patience until I get the crown of life from You Lord. Amen.

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