Moral Fiber....

The standard dictionary definition of moral fiber is "strength of character, firmness of purpose, resolution or toughness of spirit." I think what surprises me most in how people, even Christians compromise themselves on a daily basis.  Now before you turn off this post and think, "oh no, here goes another hypocrite" - wait!  I want to explain something to you:  Lance, Gary and myself sin every day.  None of us can sit here and tell you the success of our lives and that would be it, because for us to do that, then we would have to times that by a multiplicity of some factor for all the wrongs we do on a daily basis (ask our wives).

Before I sit there and pontificate on delicate matters let's agree to disagree here  and still be friends.  I mean we can agree that we have different values and ethics and belief structures, but if we are real about our faith and trust in God then we can say no "one person" on earth can encapsulate God's moral fiber.  That would require to keep God's moral law (the 10 commandments) that were before Jesus's sacrifice on the cross for all of our sins.  Before this hope, we had to abide and live by God's moral law.  In James 2:10 we read that if we break just one of God's commandments, then we are guilty of them all.

So let's put this in perspective, let's again agree on the fact that God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit (all three in one are the Triune God).  That being said, then he gave us his Holy Word (the Bible).  Presupposing that we can use that for reference to God's precepts and values, then let's take a look at some things that may make us guilty:

  • Anger
  • Sexual Immorality (pornography, lust, tv shows that compromise, cable, internet, and fill in your "blank"
  • Impurity
  • Sensuality
  • Idolatry, Sorcery
  • Enmity, Strife, Jealousy and Fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy
  • drunkenness, orgies and the like
What are you filling your heart, mind, soul and body with that would lead you to a path of immoral fiber and away from God's moral fiber.  Call it what you will, but the world's definition of moral law versus God's definition are nowhere close.  God is a holy God.  God is not mocked.  In the end, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.  If you do not know him, then you are at odds with God, that is = you reject Jesus then God rejects you - simple as that.
The point that I am trying to make here is at what point in our life do we want to let go and let God - have it all.  Does he control our mind, body, soul and strength?  Do we seek his counsel and his lead in all that we do?

Some Scripture on Moral Fiber: Matthew 15:18–20 (ESV) But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does ...

Job 2:3 (ESV) And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” .. Proverbs 17:3 (ESV) The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.

Romans 5:3–4 (ESV) Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

1 Chronicles 29:17 (ESV) I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you

2 Peter 1:5–6 (ESV) For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godlinessTitus 2:7–8 (ESV) 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

 

So what can we do about it?

Get serious, don't compromise and read his word daily and pray continually - see what you here?  Here what you read and listen!

Blessings,

Dante