I used to take everything so literally. Granted, that made me extra sensitive to the words of other people, and that wasn’t necessarily good. But one thing I wish I took more seriously as I used to is the bible. To read its words and meditate on it, to pray the Lord with complete confidence as a child speaks to its parents. And to take to heart everything written it as if the Lord were speaking directly to me, which He is. When in Deuteronomy He says to completely destroy the enemy so that your heart will not be turned away from worshipping Him, that I would take seriously those words, examine my heart for the sins that have overcome me, see the things that have helped to make me fall, and to completely scourge them from my life. But the trouble is that I’m ‘too adult’ to act on those ‘childish’ thoughts, I love my ways too much. So I’ll keep feeling horrible for a moment of pleasure, I’ll keep repenting for a lifetime so that I can be clean enough to go rolling in the mud once more. Is this who I am? Is this who I want to be?
Is it you?
16However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. 17Completely destroya them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you. 18Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the Lord your God. ~Deuteronomy 20
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
4After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. 5It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 6Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people. ~Deuteronomy 9