Recently someone wronged me. So, I confronted them about it, thinking maybe they would understand my feelings and ask forgiveness. But, they didn’t. They didn’t feel like they did anything wrong. What really hurt was that they didn’t care about my feelings nor attempt to understand my perspective. That’s not right. It made me think to myself, how many people honestly truly know right from wrong? Or care enough to do the right thing?
At some point everybody has done something wrong. No one is perfect. I’m not exempt. I do bad things all the time. That’s probably why I pray so much 🙂 . There are some mornings I wake up having wrong or impure thoughts, and many times throughout the day I do things I feel are wrong, inconsiderate, or at least unwise. And even though my conscience, or my spirit is convicted… many times I still do it, knowing that it’s wrong.
Nevertheless, I still get convicted. How can I have a relationship with someone who doesn’t even have a conscience… or something helping them to discern right from wrong so they can get convicted? The answer is, I can’t or I won’t.
Wrong things don’t always have to be something unlawful or illegal. It could be thinking negative thoughts, intentionally ignoring someone, or just having a bad attitude. I can’t be around people who consistently do things which may be harmless to them, like being too lazy to clean up your room, eating unhealthy foods, or littering on the highway. Or not telling the whole truth about something seemingly meaningless, but we all should know that “little white lies” are still lies. It is also wrong to live your life being inconsiderate to others.
Paul writes in Roman 7:15,18-19 (ESV) – 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate…18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Eventually people have to start being accountable for their actions, think before they speak, acknowledge past wrongs, and change. A lot of people feel like the word, repent, means to feel sorry or remorse for something… but it literally means to stop and turn around. True repentance is when you not only make a decision to stop doing wrong, but you also make changes in your life to start doing right.
As this year is coming to an end… one thing I want to do is start placing more of an effort on doing the right thing in all aspects of life. From eating healthier, to exercising, reading, managing my time better, having a positive attitude, etc. And I will not subject myself to be around people who aren’t actively working towards being a better person and improving their life. There will always be only one time to start doing the right thing… and the time is NOW.