Advent Devotional – Monday, November 28, 2016

Romans 13: 11-14

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

 

Paul was concerned about those whose behaviors were what he called deeds of darkness. When the Lord returns, we don’t want to be caught doing things we know are wrong. If night is where we are right now, the dawn will be approaching soon when our Savior comes again.

 

What we do at night affects who we are in the day. Those who have sleep issues like sleep apnea or nightmares or sleepwalking have a much harder time functioning during the day, along with those who simply don’t get enough sleep. In the same way, as Paul says, if we become accustomed to bad behaviors, it’s like having a sleep disorder. We won’t be able to act in ways that honor God.

 

Prayer

God of forgiveness, let me turn to you when I have done wrong things. Remind me it’s okay to ask you for help, so I can make better choices in the future. Thank you for your love and encouragement as I try to be clothed with Jesus, to the glory of your name. Amen.

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