Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 1, 2018

“Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” – “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness …”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 11:7-19.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“But to what shall I compare this generation?  It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;  we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’  For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”  Matthew 11:16-19.

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There are those who falsely stereotype and mock Christians as “teetotalers” (who completely abstain from alcohol and maybe are also prudish or stuffy).

And, there are those who falsely stereotype and mock Christians as gluttons, drunkards, and even adulterers.

Even the same people flip back and forth between the two opposite accusations:  “and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;  we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'”  Verse 17.

The temptation for Christians is to change our behavior just to please them.  But, they will not stop and be satisfied with us no matter what we do.  They are not concerned with godliness;  they just want to belittle Christians, often to make themselves look better.

Instead, we should be concerned about wisdom.  What does God want?

But, good as the Law is, due to sin within us, we should also recognize the inability of the Law to make us righteous.  Romans chapter 7.

We should trust the Holy Spirit to transform us from within to produce such wise deeds.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;  for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:  immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:16-23.


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