Sunday, February 22, 2015

This week's lesson (February 21-27): words of truth

You were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." [But] if you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. -- Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
It's easy to believe that "too much is not enough."

We've all seen this happen with alcohol or drugs. Yes, we all know how addictive these things can be . . . and we all know how destructive those addictions can be.

But wine "when it sparkles in the cup" is not the only thing that can lead to excess.
  • So can the pursuit of power.
  • So can the pursuit of money.
  • And even the desire for justice can turn you into a vindictive monster.
That's why Proverbs urges us to set limits on the good things in our lives: on the pleasures of food, sleep, sex, fame, wealth, and power. It's not that these things are wrong in themselves -- in fact, each of them can be a great blessing.

But just because something is a blessing doesn't mean more of it would be an even greater blessing.

No, we need to know when "enough is enough," even for the good things in our lives.

That's because too much of a good thing . . .

Is still too much.

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