ABC’s of Decision Making, Part III

    consequences  Each of us is now experiencing the consequences of decisions we made months, perhaps years, ago.  This is true whether those decisions, and resulting consequences, were good or bad.  It is also true that months, even years, from now we will be experiencing the consequences of decisions we make today.  The Bible states this principle so very plainly in Galatians 6:7 – “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  Hebrews 11:24-27 teaches us the importance of considering, not only short term consequences of our decisions, but long term consequences as well – “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

        With this in mind, doesn’t it make sense that, when we make any major decision in life, we consider the consequences?  Admittedly, we do not always know what the consequences of our decisions will be, but we can often have a pretty good idea.

        Each of us can decide to stay faithful to God or to quit and become unfaithful.  It’s unlikely that anyone will make a conscious decision to become unfaithful.  But a person may make a series of decisions that eventually lead to his being unfaithful.  The apostle Paul taught that we will one day experience the reward, or consequences,  of our faithfulness.  But obviously this is true ONLY if we remain faithful.  Galatians 6:9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

        A person can choose to spend time studying the Bible early in life or he can choose not to spend time in a study of the scriptures.  Consequently, he will either be knowledgeable of the scriptures later in life or be ignorant of the scriptures, depending upon his earlier decision to study or not to study.  II Timothy 2:15 – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

        A person who decides to be sexually promiscuous will later experience the consequences of his decision – emotional hurt, guilt, a poor reputation, and perhaps even sexually transmitted diseases.  I Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”  On the other hand, a person who decides to remain sexually pure and committed to his spouse will enjoy the blessing of a pure relationship as God intended.  Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

        A person who decides to drink alcoholic beverages will experience the consequences of his decision.  Proverbs 20:1 – Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”  A person who decides not to drink alcoholic beverages will experience the good consequence of his decision – a life of sobriety.

        Before you make any major decision, consider the consequences!

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