Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
With every passing day, the line that separates righteousness from ungodliness is continually blurred by the world around us. Sin has never been more widely embraced as it is today. And the acceptance of sin will progressively increase, until our Lord parts the heavens and steps down to put an end to evil.
In a world as such, are the words of the psalmist relevant? How can we not walk, stand or sit amongst the ungodly?
The truth is:
– We can walk with the ungodly, yet remain godly
– We can stand with sinners, yet remain righteous
– We can sit with mockers, yet remain respectful
In essence, David tells us to keep our virtue, even as we mingle with the people of the world.
During His stint on Earth, Jesus spent more time with sinners than the self-righteous Pharisees and Sadducees. Not once was He influenced by their sin. Not even on the cross, when the criminal scornfully told Him to save Himself if He was God.
On the contrary, He changed the lives of many as He walked, stood and sat with sinners.
We are called to do the same – to give hope to the lost, in a dark and sinful world.
Remember, the light shines brightest in the darkest hour. Let our beacon draw many to a glorious life in Christ!