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A spiritual gamble


SPRINGFIELD, MO. — It’s difficult to comprehend how gamblers can risk their bank accounts, homes and families on one roll of the dice or one hand at the poker table.

But some believers are taking spiritual gambles that are just as reckless.

They verbally abuse people — even strangers — and still think they can live with God’s favor. They gossip, betray, criticize, mistreat, judge and discriminate ... and still expect Him to bless everything they set their hands to.

They consider gossip and criticism, for example, to be “harmless” sins that God writes off as “human nature.” But they’re playing spiritual mind games. They’re confusing God’s mercy and restraint for indifference. In reality, there are personal repercussions and churchwide consequences when believers slander one another.

First Peter 2:1-3 says, “Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (NIV).

We are commanded to “rid” ourselves of attitudes and behavior that do not honor Christ. So, if gossip, racism, betrayal or slander are evident in your life, invite God right now to forgive your sins and to transform your mind. Bow before Him and confess that you’ve been mean-spirited. Then ask God to help you seek the forgiveness of those you have mistreated or judged.

Today, with God’s help, you can put an end to the mind games and spiritual gambles and recommit yourself to edifying others.

Hal Donaldson

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