Psalm 18:25-26 To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. The the pure you show yourself pure, but the the wicked you show yourself hostile.
This passage really struck me today. I thought of a few people in my life that I have known that were just close to perfect in their walk with God. They are kind, God is kind to them, they are generous, God is generous to them, They are patient, they talk about God being patient with them. The list goes on and on in their lives how God's favor shines down on them.
Then there have been a couple of people that I have known that were downright hostile toward the world, toward the people around them and toward God. I am talking these people didn't not believe in God, the instead hated God, treated God like He was their enemy. They also treat the world the same way... like everything is against them. They are the kind of people that everybody avoids. The have gone past that step of living outside the protection of God all the way to showing themselves hostile to God... and nothing in their lives works out. It is sad to watch... and impossible to be around.
I have, from my life experience, come to believe that I am working toward either loving God... or I am working toward loving the world and separating myself from God. If I don't work toward either I tend to slip toward the bad, not the good. Because Satan is alway seeking to take us from God we must always be seeking God. As we seek God we become more and more like the people I have know that fell so under God's favor that you could never imagine them doing anything wrong. I do know that I am far from that...but I get closer every day that I seek after God's face. Trying harder doesn't work, trying to please the world, to please people doesn't work. That tends to create bitterness in our hearts because we can never do enough. But seeking after God and trying to please Him, that works every time. God grows us when we seek after him. We don't have to change...we just have to seek, then God does the changing of us...and when God changes us it is effortless.