From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:
“We saw earlier in John 8 that “the truth shall make you free.” One aspect of that freedom is manifested once we have “gird(ed) our loins with truth), Ephesians 6: 14. Our loins are often a metaphor for our guts, the seat of our feelings, our passions. Knowing the truth allows us to control our feelings and emotions rather than the reverse, having our feelings and emotions control us. When we are free from the tyranny of our emotions, appetites and passions, we can put these to use in service to our Lord, rather than have them become obstacles to our faithful obedience to His Word. “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even in weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Philippians 3: 18 – 19.””

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