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Choose Wisely

Galatians 5:19-21

Each of us must make many choices throughout the day. These choices range from what clothes to wear, what food to eat, etc. etc. Choices range from simple, to difficult each and every day. As humans, we make good choices and sometimes we make bad choices. In fact, some of our choices are made from simple convenience. Other choices however, can call for personal sacrifice, and can be of great cost.

As followers of Jesus, we are asked to make our choices with Biblical values and principles. These include love, truth, humility, and prayer. Christ wants us to avoid making choices based on selfishness, greed, envy, and other fruits of the flesh found in Galatians 5:19-21. I'll be the first to admit, it is easier said than done. This must be why St. James tells us, “But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”  (James 1:22 NLT)

As believers, we live with tension. God's grace and mercy gives us freedom to make our own choices, but His love requires us to listen to our conscience, and consult His word. Whether our choice is what to eat, where to live and work, how to use our finances, or use our time; our choices affect ourselves and others. Therefore we must choose wisely. Our choices have consequences, not only in this life, but also in the one to come. Proverbs 9:10 says, “Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.” (NLT) So let's begin each day's choices with God, knowledge of His word, a keen conscience, and prayer. Now get out there and make wise choices.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. (BCP 1979)