We live in a 10-ring circus of confusion. So many things compete for our attention and our trust. It doesn’t seem harmful or even dangerous. We have a natural tendency to compare our goodness or badness to others. We even choose sins that are not as bad as others, example, we don’t approve of adultery, yet we spend more time on our iphone than reading the Bible. We would never consider killing someone we don’t like, but we’ve said many times how we hate that person. God’s Word says our thoughts are dangerous. It takes practice and the Holy Spirit to control the natural thoughts we have and replace them with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It takes practice and it is very important! We are not alone being Christians in this evil world. All of the original disciples were persecuted and tortured for practicing their faith. They understood and saw firsthand the effects of their sins against Jesus. They looked into His eyes after denying and doubting Him and saw the pain and disappointment all over His face. They saw the difference in living in this world and living for God. They GLADLY and EAGERLY choose God’s path. Sin destroys and kills the heart, soul and body. They are our witnesses to give us an example of living for God and having a life of Joy. They tell us (Hebrews 12:2) to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.