Starting with Adam and Eve…and, to include Moses, Saul, David, Solomon… even Peter and certainly Judas…all the way down to, again… you and me…to name a few…bad choices have been a way of life for mankind. Bad choices, in most cases… equate to SIN. Now…I am “NOT” talking about choosing between two ‘good options’ …rather, I’m talking about… a good choice vs a ‘sinful choice.’
Why… one might wonder: Why do people sin? Here are, at least…a few reasons why: “There is no fear of God before their eyes” as found in… Romans 3:18. We can, even, deceive ourselves by denying we have sinned…as found in Hebrews 3:13. There is temporary pleasure in sin…as found in Hebrews 11:25. The soul of the wicked desires evil…as found in Proverbs 21:10. We are deceived by false doctrine…as found in Galatians 1:9. The influence of the people with whom we associate…as found in 1 Corinthians 15:33. Scripture is laced with all sorts of reasons, that mankind justify sin.
We also sin when we don’t do what we should do. “Therefore, to him that knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Too often we fail to assemble for worship…meaning, we don’t go to an organized church, or service. Remember, we are told not to “forsake the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some…for if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin” (Hebrews 10:25-26). If we continue willfully to remain in sin… and don’t repent…and die in our sins… then we’ll be lost (John 8:24). Let us not be deceived by sin, because the wages of sin is spiritual death in Hell forever (Romans 6:23).
Be AWARE: We make ‘bad choices’ in all walks of life…not just the spiritual arena… but, also in career development, social elements, and for sure… family issues. No part of life’s journey is immune to ‘bad choices.’
So, today’s advice is… Take advantage of the brains, skills, faithfulness, and the wisdom that God has gifted to us, so that we might make the right choices. If we have made a wrong choice, and recognize the error… then get out of Dodge! Right the Wrong, confess and repent… and move on to better Choices. God is a ‘forgiving God.’