Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
Proverbs 17:13

One thing we can be certain of is that every action has its consequences. If the actions are good, the consequences will also be good. The opposite also applies. Bad behavior has bad consequences. It’s amazing that something as simple as this is overlooked when we are making decisions. One reason may be that we never stop to think before making a decision. A vast majority of our decisions are made in a split second without thoroughly analyzing and calculating the consequences that they will bring. Our natural reaction is to respond in kind with which we have been paid. ¿Defense mechanism or need for revenge? In addition, we have been trained to quickly make decisions and to not waste time to react appropriately. The mixture of these two things makes us continually incur in many mistakes.

There are two things we can do to reverse these dangerous trends that seek to control our life and take over our will. The first thing is to obey what the Lord Jesus Christ instructed us: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” This is possibly one of the commands most difficult to fulfill for our sinful nature is very strong in this regard. The other thing we can do is not rush to make decisions before they have been consulted with our heavenly Father and only after asking if we are doing something that pleases him, unless of course, the situation in question is a matter of life or death. In any case, we can only achieve these things under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and never on our own though it may seem that we are capable.

Let us then remember the Lord’s instructions and let us be guided by his Holy Spirit. Soon you will notice how good deeds will bring good consequences. Only to God be the glory!

4 responses to “Consequences

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  3. Pingback: Do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too « bummyla

  4. He gives us those guidelines for our own good – to protect us from bad decisions, but we don’t listen very well. Angie

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