When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7
Question for today- How hard is it to do the right thing?
I guess your answer to that question will depend on your definition of right. Webster defines right as being in accordance with what is just or good. We can also conclude that this is what would be God's definition as well. We know that as Christians, God has called us to live a righteous life (one that represents Him and His Word); hence the term Christian-to be Christ-like.
In a world that has taken things that we were taught to be wrong, and made them appear right (remember wrong is wrong even if the majority rules), we as Christians are face with a decision as to whether or not we will operate in the Word of God at all times, or follow the rules of society. Each day, we have to purpose in our hearts to do what God has called us to do. This requires listening to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to lead and guide you.
I use to ask my children after they have done things they knew were wrong and/or unacceptable, "how hard is it for you to do the right thing?" They used to just stand there with this blank look on their faces. Obviously pondering the question in their minds. As I began to follow Christ, I learn that it can be difficult at times to do the right thing. Especially when my flesh (which was use to doing whatever it wanted to, when it wanted to), couldn't do those things anymore. Those things weren't considered good or just in the eyes of the Lord. It was then that I realize that it can be hard, even difficult at times, to do the right thing.
Romans 12:2 tells us, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Therefore, we must allow God's Word to transform our thinking.
I have found that if you are not ready to change, or don't think you need to change, you will find it difficult to read the Bible. The Bible teaches us the error of our ways, as well as what we should do. Most people don't like to be told that they are wrong, or that they need to apologize for their wrongdoing. We all are guilty at some point of thinking that our way is the right way. But Proverbs 14:12 says, "there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." So just because we think we are right, doesn't mean we are. If what we are saying and doing is not lining up with the Word of God, then we are wrong, and it would behoove us to get it right.
No one knows the day nor the hour in which Jesus will return. We just know that He will. In having this knowledge, we need to take full advantage of each day, minute, and hour to make sure we are in alignment with God and His Word. Whatever area we are lacking in, we need to seek God while he can be found. We don't know what tomorrow holds, nor should we worry about it (see Matthew 6:34). But as for today, the day we have been granted, we need to purposefully do the will of God. IN OTHER WORDS-"DO THE RIGHT THING!" IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.
Every way of man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:2-3