Romans 16:19 …. But I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.
We live in a world that is increasingly evil and ungodly. Evil has taken on new forms. Satan has worked to blur the distinctions between right and wrong, and righteousness and unrighteousness. Spiritual and moral discernment is at a low point even among churchgoers. Many so-called Christ-followers have accepted and may even be pursuing things which are evil according to the standards taught by God in the Scriptures.
Today, we will look at a command of God that so many Christians have not obeyed due to ignorance, apathy, or selfishness. I am referring to God’s command for his holy people to be “innocent of evil” (Romans 16:19). God desires that his people be excellent or wise (knowledgeable) in good things, but innocent (or pure) as far as evil is concerned. This is not the case in the lives of many who claim to be followers of God. Yet this is God’s plan for his children.
Evil or ungodliness in the lives of people many times begins with knowing about evil. The knowledge opens the door to experiences that God never intended for people to have. And the result is harm, destruction, and possibly eternal separation from God. Evil destroys and kills. It must never be allowed into the lives of people who claim to know God and love God.
Let us learn or be reminded of some very popular or common ways evil is allowed in the lives of many people. Some of the things you might hear may be new to you. Evil has penetrated many areas of our lives as humans (entertainment, education, etc.). You will hear stories of the negative effect of allowing evil or sin into people’s lives. You will be warned. But there will also be guidance on how to follow God’s command for us to be innocent of evil. You will be empowered to love and obey God in this regard.
Whatever your need may be today, know that the Lord wants to bring you close to him. He wants to forgive your sins, heal your life, encourage or comfort you, meet your needs, and even bless you with abundance. Draw close to God. He is the Provider of all that you need (and more). He will welcome you as you come to him with sincerity and in truth. He will bless your life.