Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Remaining Stable

Today's reading: 2 Peter 3

You therefore, beloved, since are you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried way with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability. 2 Peter 3: 17 NRSV

How do we remain stable?

I have been taking a class on the Bowen Theory of Family Systems. In this theory, Bowen proposed that we all are basically unstable, easily swayed by our emotions. In fact, our class has discussed that the only one who could possibly be considered stable would be Christ himself.

The writer of 2 Peter is suggesting that we can remain stable by not getting caught up in lawlessness. I am interpreting lawlessness as not only being sinful behavior but also silly, meaningless behavior that can lead to sinfulness.  We hear in 2 Peter where many are being misled by false teachers. Former followers are seeking paths of incorrect truths and therefore are becoming unstable. So, lawlessness would also include wandering from the truth of Christ.

Have you ever been unstable? How did you get there?

Have you ever been stable in your life and faith? What kept you balanced?

How can we avoid the things that keep us off balanced in our lives and our faith while embracing that which helps us remain stable?

God, help us not to be carried away with the error of lawlessness and lose our stability. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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