Do you wonder why you act badly sometimes, no matter how much you try not to? Perhaps your friend shocked you by his wicked actions and you are yet to relate it to what you thought you knew about him. The wicked nature of man knows no bounds and can always spring up surprises. Who can help?
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? – Jeremiah 17:9
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: – Deuteronomy 30:19
Man is naturally selfish and greedy. He does everything to benefit himself immediately or in the long run. He will do good or bad things if it will in anyway satisfy him, even if it is momentarily. Wickedness destroys not only the victim but also the perpetrator.
Man will tell lies on his colleague in search of a promotion. He will break up families just to satisfy his sexual desires. He will push for abortion to avoid commitment. Furthermore, man will kill for power and/or wealth. The list can go on and on. Who can help this wicked nature of man?
Some people are morally good. But their natural way of life comes up when they are forced to make a choice between pleasing themselves or another person. It takes inner strength and maturity to be able to please another instead of self.
“Nature, Mr Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above.” says Rose in the classic movie ‘The African Queen’. This wicked nature of man came after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Now, every day we are faced with choices to make: to rise above this nature or not. You choose either to love or hate, to show respect or disrespect, to be honest or dishonest, to be patient or impatient, to forgive or not, etc.
Who can help? God put the ability to behave differently from nature inside of man. He gave man the ‘will’ to choose what his life will become. Yet, many times the wicked nature of man ends up winning. God, in order to totally deliver man from this nature provided salvation through His son Jesus Christ.
Faith in Christ gives you the inner strength to make the right choices. God gives you the power to live above nature, above selfishness and greed. You are given the power to love others even as God loves you. Now, though you may be saved, the choice to yield to Christ’s leading or to the flesh is still yours to take daily.
In conclusion, the wicked nature of man is destructive but God can help you to live above nature through His son Jesus Christ.
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