Simple Guideline on Making Decisions

Guideline on making decisions

A Simple Guideline on Making Decisions

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8

All the course of your life, you will go through countless crossroads where you’ll get torn to choose between two (sometimes more) options.

There are times when taking a path is simple. Other times, however, picking is not as easy. Things become too complex, and coming up with a decision becomes quite difficult.

In such circumstances, the prophet Micah is clear about what God desires you to do. It is to (1) do justice; (2) love kindness, (3) walk humbly with God.

In all you do, therefore, you must ponder on these questions before you go ahead:

Am I being just?

This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. – Jeremiah 22:3

When making decisions, the Lord asks you to consider the interest of the people around you. Contemplate how your actions might affect the people you love, your workmates, your friends, and even the strangers you encounter on the streets.

If what you’re planning to do, in a way, treat others unfairly, then go the other way.

Do not let the Lord’s justice be upon you by oppressing or taking advantage of others, especially the weak (Deuteronomy 10:18).

Am I being kind?

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. – 2 Timothy 2:24

We are always taught to be kind to others, but how are we really to do this? You can name countless traits on how to be kind – hospitality, gentleness, patience, loyalty, forgiveness.

If you need to sum this all up and learn a practical way to practice kindness, just keep in mind Jesus’ command in Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

How do you know if an action or speech is kind? If it’s something you won’t mind others do to you.

Am I being humble before God?

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “These are the ones I look on with favour: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. – Isaiah 66:2

Most importantly, before taking on a decision, make sure that it is in line with God’s will for you as His child. More than pleasing others, our primary goal as Christians is to honour God in all our thoughts, actions and speech.

For I desire steadfast love[a] and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. – Hosea 6:6

The Lord favours those who humble themselves before Him and walk according to the standards He has set before them. Our Christian walk is not just about practising spiritual disciplines. It is about intentionally offering our hearts to God, seeking to love Him and honour Him in every moment of our lives.

In what aspects of your life can you follow this simple guideline on making decisions? Ask God today to transform your heart and help you to always do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with Him.

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Are you salty?

Are you salty

Are you salty?

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” – Matthew 5:13

Jesus said this to His disciple as part of His sermon on the mount. Back on that day, salt was a highly valuable commodity for its significant uses. They used salt to (1) maintain freshness and keep food from rotting; (2) bring flavor to food just as people do today; and (3) help wound heal faster.

Salt was extremely important that they even used it as payment when buying other commodities. The important question, therefore, is “What did Jesus mean when He compared Christians to salt?”

 

And as Christians, our role is to:

Help preserve people from sin and destruction

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1

The world has systematically made humankind confuse good from evil. As believers, however, we should know better. Thus, when we see our friends being lured to sin, we should be the ones to gently urge them to resist giving in to the temptation.

Just keep in mind to constantly study God’s Word and seek His wisdom through prayer to make sure that we are guided by the Spirit of the Lord, discerning what is righteous according to His standards.

Add flavor to life by bringing joy to the people around us

“Remind them [believers] to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” – Titus 3:1-2

Jesus commands us to keep His commands and remains in His love (John 15:9-11). Imagine all the Christians showing gentleness and courtesy to the people they associate with. What a world to live in!

As Christians, we carry Jesus name in our thoughts, speech, and conduct. It is our responsibility to be ambassadors for Christ, portraying Him appropriately. Take time to think about it, has the world become a better place because of your presence. Or is it the opposite?

Be God’s instrument for bringing healing to others

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3

God can heal spiritually, physically and emotionally (Psalm 103:2-4). His power knows no bounds. Even in the most hopeless, most desperate circumstances, God can redeem His people and bring healing. As the salt of this world, be sensitive to the hurting people around you. Be ready to show hospitality, so they could experience God’s love through you.

Be careful not to lose your saltiness

Serving this world is both a privilege and a responsibility. Be intentional in keeping your saltiness, so as not to be regarded as useless, as Jesus puts it, “no longer good for anything.” Walk according to God’s will for you.

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Practical Ways to Stay Away from Temptation

Stay Away from Temptation

Practical Ways to Stay Away from Temptation

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy. – 1 Peter 1:14-16

The moment you put your faith to Jesus, you have automatically become part of God’s family. As glamorous as it may sound, however, being a child of God comes with great responsibility. You are called to stay holy and be set apart from this world (James 4:4).

The sad reality is, walking on earth the way God desires you is impossible. Relying only on your own capabilities will bring you nowhere. The Holy Spirit will be the One to cause a deep craving for holiness within you. It is, therefore, important to intentionally seek righteousness.

Here are things you can do today. So that you will be guided by the Lord moment by moment and be able to resist temptation:

The most important meeting of the day

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he [Jesus] departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. – Mark 1:35

Even Jesus, despite being one with the Father, made sure to have fellowship with Him before doing anything else. No matter how preoccupied or busy you think you are, do not make the mistake of skipping your most important meeting of the day! Fill your cup with God’s presence first thing in the morning, so you will overflow with righteous thoughts and actions.

Scripture reading and memorization

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. – Psalm 119:9

Overcome the schemes of the enemy by always bringing with you “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Neglecting to read and memorize God’s Word is also the same as going to the war without being equipped with any weapon. It is an act of succumbing to defeat. If you are determined to withstand temptation, read the Bible every day. Memorize key verses in which you can hold onto when the urge to sin comes your way.

Watching, reading and listening to Christian media

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Paul 4:8

With all the advancements in technology, modern Christians do not have any excuse not to have contact with materials that would help them lead a Spirit-filled life. Christian movies and songs have become very accessible across different platforms. To fill your mind with purity and God’s truth, choose to listen and watch to these media.

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Whenever you find it difficult to measure up to God’s desires, submit to His control. When you are being led by the Holy Spirit, that’s when you can gain self-control and be able to resist your sinful inclinations.

It’s only when you’re intimate with God that you’ll be able to overcome.