Hedonism Brings Conflict

We feel entitled to a particular pleasure. Others don’t cooperate. And we get mad. Just like James says: selfish pursuit of pleasure leads to conflict. Our hedonistic striving ignores the fact that pleasure is God’s gift … not our acquisition. Our efforts to satisfy ourselves in effect shut God out of our lives and break His heart. We misunderstand Him: God isn’t anti-pleasure; He’s simply anti-hedonism.

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Focusing on Negatives

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

Paul’s directive to the Philippians sounds so right, so appealing, so uplifting, and so unlike the way we live. He’s telling us focus on what’s right and lovely. In this falling-apart world? It sounds like Paul is selling rose-colored glasses. He’s not.

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