Lutheran Home Association Blog

Day 36 of Lent: Determination

Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2019

face-984031_1920Determination is one of those attributes which sometimes can be misunderstood or confusing.When you fight for what is right or stand up against injustice, it might well be perceived as anger or some sinister motive. 

Our Bible for today speaks about a very godly determination.  “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9).

Some of this ties in with the concept of focus which we spoke about in our weekly devotion for this week. But determination often goes a step further and has the idea of some sort of fight or resistance in it.  Think of the instances in his time on earth when Jesus showed the determination described in our verse for today.  He called out people who were selling things in the temple, stood up for what was right even if it meant being mocked and ridiculed and righteously hated the behavior of people who didn’t love God.

So are you willing to show the same time of determination to “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good?" Are you willing to show determination for the truth of God or doing what is right even if it might not be popular or might lead to you being ostracized or excluded.

That is what determination is in its purest sense – being committed to what is right no matter the cost or the sacrifice.

Don’t give up on determination for things you believe in in this life and most of all for what you believe in with Jesus!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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