As Far Away As Possible

22 … abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5).

Some think of sin or “evil” as something to play with, as in seeing how close you can stand to a fire without getting burned. Or, seeing how near to the edge of a cliff you can inch without falling off. Yet the word “abstain” here is just the opposite of such foolishness. It means “to hold one’s self off or away” from something. 

It’s not that complicated. The further we can keep ourselves away from evil, the better off we will be. Yet, too often we are like bugs drawn to an enticing glow of a lamp and getting zapped. 

Lord, help us This Day to stay as far away from evil as we can. Amen.