Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Freak-Out



“For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.” –1 Peter 4:3
 
Lexi can usually keep her excessive enthusiasm under control, but occasionally she has a “freak-out” during a walk. She gets over-excited and begins jumping around, jumping up on me, growling at my feet, and trying to bite the leash. This is different than a single lunge at another dog. This is a frenzy. 1 Peter 4:3 describes a frenzy of sinfulness: “debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.” When we walk with God, we all have “freak-outs” where we lose self-control. Maybe we eat too much. Maybe we drink too much. Maybe we get too angry. Romans 13:13 urges, “Let us behave decently, not in carousing or drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.” That’s what I want from Lexi, for her to behave decently. When she doesn’t, I wait until she’s ready to walk again. So God will wait for us.

Dear God, When I freak out and lose my self-control, please wait for me to be ready to walk again. Amen

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