Thursdays With Oswald—Destroyed By Neglect

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Destroyed By Neglect

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, the which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5 RV)

     In this passage Paul mentions things that are of the nature of rubbish, and he mentions them in their complete ugliness. They are the abortion of the stuff human nature is made of, and he says, ‘Mortify them, destroy them by neglect.’ Certain things can only be dealt with by ignoring them; if you face them you increase their power. It is absurd to say, Pray about them; when once a thing is seen to be wrong, don’t pray about it, it fixes the mind on it; never for a second brood on it, destroy it by neglect.

From Biblical Ethics

What things in my life do I need to stop praying about, and simply stop doing them?

Stop praying and mortify them … destroy them by starving them … strangle them by not giving them the oxygen of thought … abandon them like yesterday’s trash.

Some things do require prayer. And other things just need to be neglected.

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