By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    Consequences or Benefits

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    It’s really a simple truth; right is right and wrong is wrong. It’s a truth that never changes, yet it’s a truth that is really hard to understand. Why is it that so many of us struggle with the implementation of something as basic as this?

    The answer is not a profound discovery for only a few enlightened individuals. The conclusion is not debatable and the argument is without holes. Wrong is always easy, and right is always difficult. Think about it. Can you come up with even one thing in this life which is right that is easy? On the other hand, can you think of anything wrong that is hard?

    Oh sure, some intellectuals would argue about the relativity of right and wrong. But the truth is, God has hard wired us with the ability to distinguish the difference between right and wrong.

    Our original parents, Adam and Eve, when faced with the decision between right and wrong, obedience or disobedience, blessing or curse, chose to willfully choose wrong. That propensity was passed on to generations to follow.

    Right or wrong is a decision of the will. We are all faced with multiple decisions of this every day. What is the motivation for us to do the right things, which are the hardest, instead of the wrong things which are the easiest? Two words: consequences or benefits. Biblical history, human history, as well as personal history clearly records that wrong/sinful choices have consequences on the individual and quite often innocent victims. But right choices, the difficult choices, have benefits for the individual and residual benefits on others.

    Today you and I will encounter opportunities to choose right or wrong, hard or easy. The choices you make will have consequences or benefits, and some will be short term while others will result in long term and even eternal consequences or benefits. Choose well today!

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