Sojourner and Exile

Journal Entry // November 20, 2021

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

1 Peter 2:11 ESV

There is a lot of truth that needs to be unpacked in this short statement from Peter. Peter is urging us to view this life as being in exile (think of living in a foreign land and barred from our homeland) and as a sojourner (think of a temporary stay somewhere). In light of this physical state, we are to not indulge the passions of the flesh. Why? Because these passions are at war against us and seek to destroy our soul.

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Lawless to Zealous

Journal Entry // October 22, 2021

who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Titus 2:14 ESV

Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice to not only redeem us from the sin that oppressed us in our rebellion, but to purify us. In my journey through this life I find myself forgetting these two points. One, that God has/is working all things for my redemption. Second, that he is purifying me for himself. He brings me back and makes me into something new.

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