With maturity comes the ability to distinguish good and evil. – Hebrews 5
From my reading in Hebrews 5 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
“Follow your heart.””You only live once.” “Follow your dream.” “I’ve got to be me.”
We are bombarded with these messages through the movies, TV, and internet. I am attending a conference this week that is talking about how to “filter” pop culture messages like this.
All of these statements have some truth to them, but they also have dangerous implications. Part of the difficulty of life is that everything is not black and white.
Fo example, sometimes it is wise to follow your heart but the heart is deceitful so don’t always trust it! You only live once, but that doesn’t mean you should be dumb. Following you dream is a good thing to do, if your dream is God’s dream for you. Being yourself is good, but not if being “authentic” is unloving to others.
Maturity comes with the ability to “eat the meat” and spit out the bones.
The writer of Hebrews explains those who are mature have an ability to see the difference between truth and error.
“Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” Hebrews 5:14
It is through training that you can acquire the skill of recognizing right and wrong.
God’s word and wisdom are the filters you must let these messages pass through. The more you saturate yourself in God’s Word the better you will be able to recognize the difference in truth and error.
Have you been training yourself to recognize right and wrong?
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