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Be careful whatever you do in your spare time does not compromise your standards or subtly snare you away from devotion to God. The Bible warns in the last days, “People…will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim 3:4). Regularly monitor the amount and content of television you watch as it has a powerful influence to warp our values and condition us to the godless ways of the

Our values determine how we spend our leisure time

world, indoctrinating us with its evil. Except for Christian programs, news bulletins and documentaries, the remainder of this medium is largely saturated with sex, violence, and unharmonious interpersonal relationships. Don’t let entertainment shape your values as what we allow to invade our minds, capture our attention and consume our energy during our times of relaxation requires serious scrutiny – does it bring you closer to Christ or separate you from Him? Would you be embarrassed if you could visibly see Jesus with you? “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).

In our times of rest and relaxation (along with our whole life's expression) we are instructed to "not become a stumbling block to the weak" in the faith, by what we involve ourselves with (1 Cor 8:9). At all times we are to "Guard our heart more than any treasure, for it governs our whole life" (Prov 4:23). Hence, it is imperative to tightly monitor the input into being as the evil that we so easily display comes from our heart (Mt 15:18,19).

We should endeavour to make all things serve our purpose and calling in life. The enemy is out to tempt us to sin and be less effective and committed to the cause of Christ (Mt 6:24; 1 Pet 5:8). Don’t let him win the battle with you.

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