MARCH 22, 2 Peter 2:7, 8

The bible tells us that Lot, the nephew of Abraham was vexed. To be vexed is to feel bad, and not at ease. The idea is one of great unrest and discomfort. It also means a person is distressed, annoyed, and troubled. Why was Lot feeling this way? Because he lived in an evil place called Sodom. As he was a believer, and the Holy Spirit lived in him, he knew the things happening around him were dishonouring to God. But on the other hand, he stayed in Sodom as that was where his home and business were. Perhaps he sinned fairly often as he was in bad company, and although he knew what he was doing was wrong, he was not strong enough to have victory.

When you see evil around, does that trouble you? When you mix with children who are unkind, disobedient to parents, sloppy in schoolwork, do you feel out of place? If not, that is a danger sign. Why? Because if you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit in you will move you to feel vexed in such company or place. However, if you do not feel vexed, perhaps the Holy Spirit is not even in you, which will mean you are not saved!

To be vexed means you are sensitive to sin, you know the sin happening around you is wrong, and that you want to do something about it. To be sensitive to sin is one of the signs of a true Christian. That is because the Holy Spirit will automatically prompt or provoke the believer into a distaste or dislike for things that are sinful.

If your friends are unkind to a new kid in the group, you will feel vexed because you know that is not the right thing to do. If your classmates gang up to cheat, you will not want to join them because you know that will bring dishonour to your Heavenly Father.


Thought: May we feel vexed for the cause of Christ.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep me from bad company and teach me to be sensitive to sin, so that I will stay away from people who will influence me in a negative way. I pray this in the blessed name of my Saviour – amen.