Friday, April 17, 2009

Making a decision

From Blog09

Here is a non-exhaustive list of questions to ask yourself when you are wondering whether a certain choice is morally right.

1. Does it contradict any of God's commands to us?
2. Is it wise?
3. Is it humble?
4. Does it come from a clean conscience?
5. Is it loving?
6. Is it of good repute among those who are most godly?
7. Will it glorify God?

6 comments:

ElShaddai Edwards said...

Excellent! Glad to see that "is it the will of God?" was not on your list.

ambersun said...

A really wise list.

For me I would add - is it going to stress me out and make me extremely sick again?

God Bless

Amber

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you, ElShaddai and Amber, for commenting.

ElShaddai - Good to hear from you again. I think my assumption was that the Christian wants to do the will of God, but the trick is in knowing what it is. I've found in the past that I could work myself into knots trying to figure that out, and working myself into knots was not the will of God. I think that leads into ambersun's comment.

Amber, I think your question is a sub-question of "Is it wise?"
My own flesh tempts me to make all sorts of excuses, saying that certain things are too hard. I must not listen, if it's telling me to ignore God's clear commands. However, I've also found the wisdom in giving myself extra room when I start getting stressed. For example, at times I will have participated in all of the normal Sunday morning things at church (not as pastor, just as member), then eaten with someone from church, then preached and led worship in the afternoon. By then, I may sense that I've had as much excitement as I can handle for one day. In such a situation, godly wisdom may tell me to stay home from my own church's evening worship service, so that I'll be fresh for work on Monday morning.

ElShaddai Edwards said...

Indeed, Jim. My point was that your list reflects wisdom, faith and love, which *are* the will of God. Trying to determine His will outside of these things is when we work ourselves into knots.

Jim Swindle said...

Wise words, ElShaddai.

ambersun said...

Yeah it probably is a subsection of is it wise but also the sabbath was a separate command and one that has fallen into disuse with our busy lifestyles.

God Bless

Amber