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13. Righteous Living
16 Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (NLT)
Our pride tells us that we are slaves to no one. We convince oursleves that we are free agents, able to do exactly as we please; and then we return to the wretched habit we detest. We try to ignore the obvious: that this detestable habit is slowly killing us either physically, spiritually, or both.
When we see someone else exhibit the same tendency it offends us because we are reminded of our own weakness. We are reminded that we are slaves to this wicked taskmaster, and that we have grown accustomed to it's dictating our lives. We are reluctant to admit to ourselves that we desire this thing more than the King who would gladly save us from it.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king. -Augustine
Prayer, O Holy Spirit, descend fully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Your cheerful light.â€‹