Then What…

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live….” Deuteronomy 30: 19

Joshua issued this option: “Choose you this day whom you will serve…”  (Joshua 24: 15)

These and other verses confirm one of the greatest blessings God has given human beings is the privilege of choice. It must be kept in mind that choices have consequences. Not facing the consequences has consequences.

From the scientific world comes this confirmation. Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states: “For every action there is a reaction.”

A question serving as a sentinel guarding our thoughts and actions is: Then what…

If I do or say this what will be the result. Not only how will it affect me, but those around me as well. Then what… should guard our reasoning.

You are free to make your choices, but you are not free to choose the consequences of that choice. In making a decision, always anticipate the consequences.

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. 

Consequences are outcomes, either negative or positive, of our actions. There are always consequences to our actions or lack of action. Alfred Montepart, an American engineer, philosopher, and author said: “Nobody ever did or will escape the consequences of his choices.”

From antiquity Job speaks: “As I have observed those who plough evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” (Job 4:8) 

Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

Then what….

Bridle your impulses, it is they that often gets us into our greatest difficulties.

Start at the root of an action to determine the fruit of an action. Had David controlled his impulses when he first lusted over Bathsheba five lives could have been spared and his character not been impugned. 

It is important that though conduct has irreversible consequence contrition should prompt efforts of ameliorate the influence by:

First, accept the blame and acknowledge you deserve it. Don’t try to blame anything or anybody. Deal with the issue as soon as possible. Validate the feelings of others and apologize.

With a contrite spirit seek God’s pardon and avow your renewed commitment. Thereafter, seek His guidance in decision making.