“To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.” Confucius
Does the person who clearly understands the correct choice, yet chooses not to act is simply lacking courage?
Or is it something more?
Mark 4:19 KJV — And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
It is through the Word of God we find out what is right and what is wrong.
In Pilgrim’s Progress Christian and Hopeful discuss another man named Temporary.
Hopeful: What reason of his sudden change, and why do others backslide in this way? Christian: That is a good question. What do you think is the reason? Hopeful: In my judgement there are four reasons for it: First, though the conscience of some men is awakened, yet their minds are not changed. So when the feeling of guilt wears off, they naturally turn to their old carnal ways again. They’re guilty conscience causes them to fear hell, and the fear of hell begets their interest in heaven. But when the feeling of guilt is gone, the fear of hell vanishes and they lose their interest in heaven. So they go back to the old life for the fleeting pleasures of the world. Pilgrim’s Progress in today’s English by John Bunyan retold by Jamesh Thomas, Moody Publishers, 1992, pg. 145
Hopeful continues to give the other three reasons: fear of man, pride, hardening of one’s heart.
Not doing what is right,
or doing what is right,
are both choices.
Scripture is clear, we are to do what is right.
Proverbs 3:27 KJV — Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
Not only is it wrong to choose sin, it is as wrong to refrain from following through on what is right.
Doing right, following God’s command to do good is not a seesaw for when we feel like it or reserved for those who do good to us.
We are not to play favorites, but rather do good unto all.
Galatians 6:10 KJV — As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Because Jesus is our example:
Titus 2:14 KJV — Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
For our choices reflect upon our Lord.
Matthew 5:16 KJV — Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
1 Peter 2:12 KJV — Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truth and clear outline of right and wrong we find in Your Word. Lord, thank You for living in those things, showing us how to apply Your truth. Lord Jesus, please quicken my heart when I’m in error. Show me my danger that I might not sin against You either by doing wrong or by neglecting to do right. Thank You, Lord. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 KJV Amen.