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November 15, 2013

Verna Davis: God's Word in your heart will keep you from sin

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For instance, I am constantly fighting with my thoughts. There are so many things I think about that I shouldn't: What I want to say to people who don't do things I want them to do or are being negative and critical. I mean, how dare they? Right??? My thoughts are ugly and makes me want to say ugly things.

Then I remember Proverbs 15:1: "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." That causes me to calm my thoughts long enough to remember 2nd Corinthians 10:5 that tells me to "take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ." Shamefully, that's when I realize that my thoughts were about me and not Jesus, and I remember 1st Peter 4:8: "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." That's when God reminds me that His love, the sacrifice of His Son, covers my sins. I must love as He loved (John 13:34) which makes it possible for my love to cover the sins others commit against me.

Therefore, Psalm 119:11 proves to be true, for God's Word in my heart has once again kept me from sin. Enough talk. I'm off to memorize more Scripture, for I know I will be surely tempted to sin a couple of more times before I lay me down to sleep!

Verna Davis, author and speaker, lives in Frankton. She can be reached at Vrdspeaks@yahool.com.

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