Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (Jas 1:21)
Do you ever feel that there is too much content when scrolling through Facebook posts? Every day Facebook is filled with numerous extra posts from friends’ unknown friends, political propaganda, and advertisements. This is a world of exponential information growth with social media and the Internet. We must be careful of what we absorb through social media, the web, and TV, as filthiness and immorality are common and overflow in today’s society.
In this life, we walk through a dark forest of evil in a world that has turned its back on God. However, the Bible can be our light to show us the way ahead so we won’t stumble as we walk. It reveals the entangling roots of false values and philosophies. We need to study the Bible so that we can get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent. Furthermore, we need to humbly accept the word planted in us, which can save us.
The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isa 58:11)
Our heart is like a garden. We need to use God’s word as a spring of water to water it constantly. How can we cleanse our heart in the midst of an immoral world? By taking heed according to God’s word. It is important to know what God’s word says, but it is much more important to obey it. As we obey, we will sharpen our vision and increase our understanding. The effectiveness of our Bible study time can be measured by the effect it has on our behavior and attitudes.
Our behavior is a function of our flesh and is controlled by us. We can yield to the Bible teachings as James says, “Receive with meekness the implanted word.” Since we have control of our own minds, we can also control our own attitudes. When we deny our selfish will and follow the Bible, we give up our filthiness and wickedness. Through the light of the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our heart can become like a well-watered garden with the word deeply implanted and rooted, which can save our souls.