TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, July 14, 2020:
To make fowl or unclean; to make impure or morally unclean; to defile; to make filthy.
For if, after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again, entangled in them and over-come, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
II Peter 2:20
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
You may wonder why we picked a word like pollution for our devotional word of the day. Please read on and you will understand why. Let us remind you that today much is being said around the world about pollution. This is because it is harmful to individuals and a big concern. Pollution of the environment is a threat to the physical health to many people across the world today. Pollution is the result of man dumping garbage, chemicals, and all kinds of toxics into the environment contaminating the water, the air and the soil. Pollution is like a deadly poison to our bodies.
But what we want to share with you today is what the Bible says about pollution. The Bible talks about the pollution of the world, that it is a deadly influence seeping into our minds and bodies threatening our spiritual well-being. Unfortunately, most people today are more concerned about the pollution of our environment than about the pollution that fills our minds and affects our moral values.
In James 1:27 we read that we are to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world we live in and that is not easy. We live in a sinful world and the reality of sin is that it is infectious. Christians are in a constant battle with the pollutions of evil influences in the world we live in. We must not allow ourselves to adopt the world’s value system.
In the verse we have put above found in 11 Peter 2:20 we read that even after someone has been freed from the sinfulness of this world by knowing the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, they can become entangled once again in sin and overcome by sin’s polluting power.
To return to a life of sin when we know the truth is to reject the truth. To reject the truth is like a drowning person rejecting a life preserver when it is thrown to him. Peter says that the one who knows the truth and then rejects the truth is worse off than before because he has rejected the one and only way to be saved from his sins that have polluted his spiritual life.
Both Paul and James in their writings in the scripture addressed the evil of the pollution that comes out of our mouth. James tells us that “the tongue corrupts the whole person.” The apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:29 says to “let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Corrupt words are verbal pollution and verbal pollution takes on forms such as criticism, backbiting, gossip, bitterness and anger.
If we really want to get rid of verbal pollution in our lives we must choose to change and ask God to cleanse our hearts and minds. We cannot accomplish this by our self. Foul language should never come out of a Christians mouth, because it is out of character of our new life in Christ.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 4:17.
So, whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Help me to be concerned about the pollution that is in my corrupt words. Help me to communicate to others in a Christ honoring way so that my relationships and testimonies might be honoring to You. Give me the discipline not to show jealousy, not to criticize and gossip, nor to conform in any way to the polluted value system of the world.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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