Friday, August 15, 2008
How Do You Know What's Right?
This entry was originally published on January 21, 2006
In our Patch the Pirate Club this month, we've been studying how to make right choices. There really are only two choices when we're confronted with a decision - pleasing God or pleasing self. It's easy to know what to do when something is definitely in the Bible, such as "Thou shalt not bear false witness" or "Children, obey your parents in the Lord"; but what do you do when it's not so clear-cut? The authors of the children's devotions this month spent one week providing them with questions they can ask themselves when they're having a hard time deciding what's right to do. I thought they were excellent questions, and would probably be good for us adults too! I know that I've learned a little more and been challenged myself to please God rather than myself as I've taught the children this month. So I thought I'd share these questions here.
1. What does the Bible say? Proverbs 6:23
2. What would Jesus do? I John 2:6 Always keeping Jesus in mind, and remembering that He is with you and sees all that you do, will help you make the right decision.
3. What does my conscience say? Acts 24:16 If you have a conscience that is controlled by the Holy Spirit, you will feel uncomfortable about doing something that is not right.
4. Would it hurt someone else? Romans 14:13
5. If I do this thing, will I be acting as a good example for other Christians? I Timothy 4:12
6. Would this thing help me be a better Christian if I chose to do it? I Timothy 6:11
7. Would this activity further the cause of Christ? Luke 11:23 Make sure that everything you try to do is centered around the goal of reaching other people for Christ.