I always find it enjoyable to be around Christians who are simple people. Their character is uncluttered and free from the influence of boorish secular society. It is evidenced by their enduring joy, peace, sincerity, encouraging outlook in life and unwavering devotion to the Lord.
These pleasant individuals ought to inspire other believers whom are complicated characters to ask why and how they are how they are. Allow me to explain what I mean by “complicated.”
Although Christ teaches us that he gives his disciples ineffable joy and peace like only He can give (John 14:27) and that Christians should be defined by those traits, very often we miss out on those virtues due to our half-hearted submission to Christianity itself. In other words, when we allow our character to be contaminated in any way by the secular world our lives become encumbered by the complicatedness of sin.
Sin burdens, hampers and confounds, thereby complicating our existence. This is because immorality runs contrary to God’s established order of things, including morality and truth which produces peace. If the Christian allows anger, resentment, vengeance, impatience, intemperance, double-mindedness, petty fights and lies to become a part of his character, the end result will be a life that is defined by inner turmoil. Think of it as the battle between our fallen nature and the new man worsened by our own hand.
Hence, the reason some believers are simpler than others is because the simpler ones resolutely avoid and reject sinful behavior and thought, while the complicated ones haven’t done so completely or, worse yet, don’t make a determined effort to evade all worldly influences.
Do you desire more joy, peace, tranquility and the authenticity that comes as a result of those things? Keep Christ’s commandments and stay away from impiety at all costs.
“Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:8
“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.” 2 Corinthians 1:12