Robert Hudson, Pastor, Littleby Baptist Church
“The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise about what is good, and yet innocent about what is evil.” – Romans 16:19
When the Apostle Paul wrote the words ‘innocent about what is evil’ he was not telling us to be ignorant of what is going on around us. We are not to ignore the abundance of sin in the world. We are not to turn a blind eye to those in need because of the sin in their lives. Those actions would be counter to the teachings of Jesus in that we are to care for those around us.
What Paul is telling us is to be innocent of evil, to do our best to avoid sinning. To be clear salvation is not based on if we can avoid sinning or not, salvation comes only as a gift from our Lord Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross.
As followers of Jesus, being innocent about what is evil is seen in that we are not living in our sin. We are not going out and relishing in it or flaunting it. While we are not saved by our actions, we are to avoid the sinful ways of the world we live in, to the best of our ability.
“2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:2
If we attempt to be innocent about the evil in world, removing ourselves from temptations, doing what we can to avoid sin… people will see a difference in how we live our lives, the activities we participate in, and how we respond to others.
As we are transformed and renewed, we will grow in our ability to understand what God wants…
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.