Our Choices Matter

Our daily choices determine our eternal destiny. Galatians 6:7-8 describes two potential outcomes of our behavior: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” [1]. General Omar Bradley, the 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, emphasized the danger of poor choices in this quote from 1948: “We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount … The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.” [2]


Daily Bible study is key to making good decisions. We learn in Proverbs 6:16-19 what God hates: “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” [1]. Instead of selfishness, our aim should be to follow Jesus Christ’s example of love and obedience described in Philippians 2:1-11.


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