It’s Time to Quit Some Things…

One part of it is to STOP DOING WHAT’S WRONG.

The list of wrongs varies, unfortunately, from one person to another, and from one culture to another. I learnt however when studying anthropology (the study of human behaviour) that in every culture healthy people have a sense that some things are wrong and some are right. The bloke who thinks his wife’s affair is wrong will sometimes excuse his own unfaithfulness. The boss complains about the worker’s laziness or theft of tools, but sometimes if bosses can get away with it, they will rip off their workers. The parent might quote the Bible verse, Children, obey your parents but forget to finish the text which also says, Parents, don’t provoke your children to anger or frustration” (Ephesians 4:28, Ephesians 6:1-4, 1 Timothy 5:18). In fact one of the reasons many of us have a sacred book, the bible (as Bono from U2 says), is to get some guidance as to the best values and a way to live.

We are called to quit our private and secret wrongs, like jealousy, anger, pride and our outward wrongs, like lies, gossip, sex without true love and the commitment of marriage, greed and selfishness. God also calls us to quit our social sins, such as murder, war, violence, theft, getting smashed on alcohol/drugs, or both, ripping people off, adultery and other relationship destroying habits (Ephesians 4:31, Galatians 5:19-21, Matthew 10:10, Isaiah 58:3).

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