Monday, February 4, 2013

Private Victories

“Never deliberate what is clearly wrong, and try to persuade yourself that it is not.”  -Frederick Temple

Football’s finest fought to the finish.  One team is crowned champion, confetti falls, and fans crowd the streets. This victory will be widely recognized for the next few weeks.  The athletes can expect national press coverage, a city parade, and countless parties in their honor.  On the contrary when we overcome temptation—no confetti falls, no parties are thrown, and we usually don’t even get a pat on the back.  So you might ask: What’s the point of fighting?  This win is a private victory.  The only Other that knows, aside from you, is God.  If your heart is pure and your mind is at peace, there isn’t anything else more gratifying than God smiling down on you. 

For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor)… (Psalm 5:12, AMP).

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