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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pleasure and Pleasant Places

The world is big and wonderful and full of cool stuff--stuff God made specifically for us to use.  And, as I've already said, (Don't Blame the Apple) God declared it all good.  All of it.  He did not stutter.

But--yes, there's a but--He also sends a caution.

I can, in good conscience, enjoy everything God made so long as I do nothing sinful,
I can do all of this,  but...
...not everything is beneficial.  Everything is permissible, but not everything is constructive.--1Corinthians 10:23

God wants us to enjoy what He made, but these pleasures should only sweeten the straight way, like berries that line our road to heaven.  We may pick and enjoy them, but we are not to stray from the straight path to over-fill our bucket.  God made the berries and they are yummy,
but they are only pleasant, not necessary.

God promised to thrill us with what He has made.
But even He, when He walked the earth, never failed to remember the goodness of the Lord, not the pleasure of  living, as most important.  We must do likewise.

I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.--Psalm 27:13

The trick for us is to find both the Lord's goodness and what is beneficial among the world's welcome pleasures without letting our focus stray.  We have to hold on to the loving Lord who made all of these pleasures, and not gather closely the all-too-sweet world that offers so many of them.

Pleasures exist so that we use them, not for us to be used by them.
That's why it's called self-control.
Pick your berries, but stay in charge.

10 comments:

  1. Everything in control,,,,,,But But - yeah I never have liked that word - though what you say is true. mmmmmmmmmmm berries - what would summer be like without them.

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    1. Mmmmmmm...beautiful, yummy, and dangerous.

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  2. dropping in from LIB...pleasure exist so that we can use them...not to be used by them...great words...to live fully in all He intends for His children...blessings to you~

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    1. Fully but not overfull...that's the challenge.

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  3. Good analogy. Thanks, and following you now. Linda

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    1. Thanks for the follow. Paid you a visit, too.

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  4. Mrs. P, LOVE this, "Pleasures exist so that we use them, not for us to be used by them.
    That's why it's called self-control.
    Pick your berries, but stay in charge." SO true. When we "over indulge" with sweets, we get sick. The same goes for anything we do in excess. :)

    Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation
    http://newequus.wordpress.com

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    1. And oh, the sometimes-lasting pain of that stomach ache...

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  5. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop . BIG hugs!!!

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