Diced and topped on nachos, chopped and spooned atop bruschetta, or sliced and layered on sandwiches, there are few things better than a ripe, juicy tomato.
Tomatoes are one of my weaknesses. I’m also weak when it comes to episodes of Say Yes To The Dress, sales at J. Jill, the red “Hot Donuts Now” sign at Krispy Kreme…
Those things are fairly harmless (the hot KKs notwithstanding), but I have some other weak areas that are not-so-harmless. Things like being impatient, irritable, selfish, quick-tempered, critical, argumentative, undisciplined…
It’s ugly, isn’t it? I’m just glad I’m not the only one. I found some interesting company in Judges 14-16.
Scripture paints a picture of Samson as having all those traits and then some: spoiled, bratty, disrespectful and in need of some anger management counseling! This one-man wrecking crew had a serious weakness: women.
“She pleases me well,” he told his parents.
“Get her for me.”
His first wife was whiny and needy, crying the entire seven days of their wedding feast. His famous wife, Delilah, was conniving and exasperating:
“With such nagging she prodded him
day after day until he was tired to death.”
Samson’s story fascinates me in many ways. Set apart for God’s service before his conception, the Lord continued to use Samson even when he didn’t walk faithfully.
I can’t help but wonder how different his life might have been if he would’ve disciplined himself and been obedient. Sadly, I look back at my own life and wonder the same thing.
But PTL for GRACE!
I don’t have to be shackled by my weaknesses. His new mercies every morning allow me a fresh start.
And I have access to Someone Who can help: the Holy Spirit lives within me, molding me into the image of Christ, using me for God’s purposes. But if I want to grow, I need to cooperate with Him.
I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.
~1 Cor 9:27a (NLT)
Athletes understand the importance of having strong muscles, and they know that any weak area can keep them from performing to their potential. It’s important for Christians to understand the same thing.
For example, a common problem in the Church is gossip (often referred to as “sharing”).
- What does the Bible say about it? plenty
- In what situations am I tempted to gossip? Email, phone, community group?
- How can I avoid those situations? Hmmm…
- If I can’t avoid the situation, what can I do to NOT gossip? Hmmm…
- What scripture can I learn to battle this weakness? Ps 141:3 for starters
Whatever our weakness, we can always find help in scripture.
God’s Word first transforms our mind, and then transforms our actions. <– Care to tweet this?
But it takes effort, focus, and discipline.
The same things it takes to stay away from Krispy Kreme
What about you?
Do you have any favorite transforming verses?
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