Abstinence, Really!?!

Abstain from the passions of the flesh, which war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11

The axiom, “good things come to those who wait” has melted into “instant gratification is better” which has morphed into “gratification for gratification’s sake”. We don’t wait. We don’t avoid things we want to do, especially if it feels good. We do what we want, when we want and are quite gratified and rather satisfied with ourselves. So where does Peter get off telling me to abstain from passions? We live for such things.

I don’t get the impression Peter is coming at this from some pietistic, everything is peachy viewpoint. He’s lived his life. He’s made his choices. He’s watched and learned. Passions of the flesh lead to unnecessary pain and anguish. Perhaps not right away, but eventually . . . and always. Peter is simply sharing something much better. As much a war as may be waging within you, look not to your passions but to Christ and find hope that transcends.

Jesus, strengthen me. Amen.

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