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Topic: Ding-Dong (05/16/13)
TITLE: Bad Decisions
By Edmond Ng
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- But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. (Matthew 5:22 NAS)
Jesus, in His sermon on the mount, said that whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing’ or ‘You fool’ shall be guilty before the supreme court enough to go into the fiery hell (Matthew 5:22). This is said in conjunction with speaking out in anger for which reason reconciliation is advised prior to coming before God when we remember our bother has something against us (Matthew 5:23-24).
Even if we are to bear the consequences as a team, there is no need for us to blame or talk bad about the decision-maker or to label him or her a ding-dong, good-for-nothing, stupid or fool. A wrong decision made does not deserve a death sentence, except when it is done deliberately against God’s counsel or offer of salvation. If we have any counsel or advice, therefore, we should let the person know prior to making the decision. The choice however is not ours to dictate for God has granted freewill to everyone.
With each decision, nevertheless, the consequences will be bore in full. We know how the story unwrapped with Pharaoh’s decision not to let the children of Israel go in the days of Moses (Exodus 5-14). We also know what happened to Nabal when he in his foolishness turned away God’s elect, David (1 Samuel 25:2-39). All the more so, we need to bring the yet unsaved into the kingdom of God because we know the consequences they have to bear without Jesus Christ our Lord.
Are we making decisions without consulting God and His word? Are we blaming others for the bad decisions they made? Are we neglecting the sharing of the gospel to the unsaved? Let us not be the ones sentencing people to death or be the ones sentenced to death for saying the wrong things or making foolish decisions.
Forgive us dear Lord for the many wrong decisions we have made and for the not-so-nice things we have said in our anger. We know You have given us the freedom of choice to make the right decisions, so guide us as we seek Your will to fulfill. Help us not give up on those who have chosen the wrong path, but lead us as we continue to speak to them and bring them to You.
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