The Kitchen Table
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:22-26
Listen closely, we can’t really discover the will of God for our lives if we don’t take responsibility for our lives. Until we learn to live above the passions of our youth, we will become trapped by the devil into doing his will not God’s will. Youthful passions are those passions to be loved, liked and let into the circle. When our passions are greater than our principles it’s easy to pervert the will of God in our lives and for our lives. Until we are willing to take responsibility for our lives, we will continue to wreck-havoc on the will of God for our lives while wrecking-havoc on God’s will for other people’s lives. That there is the will of the devil. So often we think the devil does his thing by bringing sinful things into our lives but usually he does his thing by using the sinful passions already in our lives. We break that hell’s power with a heavenly passion for God and His will for us and those around us. If we feel like the devil is working his will in our lives, we shouldn’t look outside until we’ve looked inside to see if he isn’t leveraging our own passions against us. And you know what? It’s always a good thing when we let God be honest with us.