Your Most Dangeous Person

     The world has its share of dangerous people. Most folks try to be as good as they can. We all come up short. But there are some people that are really dangerous! There are criminals, terrorists and con artists. There are people full of envy, hate and jealousy. The Bible has lists of behaviors that are sinful. One of those lists is titled “the works of the flesh” in Galatians 5:19-21. It includes adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variations, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling and such like. This is surely a list of dangerous behaviors and that people who do these things are dangerous people.

     Christians who read Galatians 5 usually keep reading and thus enjoy thinking about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. We know that if we do our best to manifest these characteristics we will be like the Lord wants us to be, walking in accord with the Spirit of God. Furthermore we will be much less likely to harm anyone or create a state of danger to anybody.

     Now, with this in mind let’s think about our most dangerous person. If you are in law enforcement it might be a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs. If you are a soldier it could be the enemy sworn to kill you. If you are just about anybody it could be a person who is wrapped up in envy, jealousy and hatred toward you. There really is no limit on the number and type of dangerous people in life, is there?

     There is another dimension to this idea. Could it be that your most dangerous person is yourself? Could it be that my most dangerous person is me? Think about it. Who is most likely to send you in the wrong direction? Where does the temptation for you to sin begin? James said “everyman is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed” (James 1:12). An important element of spiritual maturity is the realization that all wrong things we do begin within us. Nobody makes us do things that are wrong and dangerous to ourselves and others. It starts inside us. We do not have to let it grow to sin. We can stop it. But if it does grow we’ve done it to ourselves.

     So who is my most dangerous person? Who is your most dangerous person? Mine could be me and yours could be you. Put self on a shelf and follow God.