Sunday, July 19, 2015

Want vs Right

If you are looking for the posts about
God's Amazing Blessing Announcement—I'm moving!
here's the link to the first Part: 

Then follow the arrows at the bottom of each post to the next Part.
There are 10 parts in all.

I recommend that you read each part, there are amazing details—
and God took care of each and every one! 


This post is the continuation of my study of Philemon.   

I would have chosen to keep him with me, in order that he might minister to my needs in your stead during my imprisonment for the Gospel’s sake.
But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part]. Philemon 1:13, 14 (AMP)
What I want vs what I know is right. 
In today's society it's all about what I WANT, rather than what is the right or moral thing to do. We want instant gratification and what feels good at this particular moment. We don't care about consequences or how it may effect others. We only care about ourselves in the here and now. 

Paul could have chosen not to write a letter to Philemon about Onesimus. However, Paul knew that Onesimus returning to Philemon was the right and honest, and more importantly the Christ-like thing to do. 

How often do I do want, what feels good, rather than what I know to be the right thing? How often do I consider the consequences or long-term effects of my actions? 

It's not about what feels good, what I want, or what serves my purpose right now. It's all about—or suppose to be about—doing what is the good, honest and Christ-like thing—doing the RIGHT thing. 

If my heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), then I'll know what is the right thing, the Christ-like thing to do in each and every circumstance. 

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