Humans are now afforded the privilege of knowing the difference between good and evil. But that privilege costs us dearly, even as it cost Adam and Eve in that perfectly beautiful garden. That’s when we all lost the sublime innocence of righteous living…to henceforth suffer all the dire consequences of unrighteous actions, right there, at the very beginning. Now we must make serious, life or death choices of how we will act and react to almost everything we do.
Where before, we might have only had to choose between good, better, and best or simply decide whether we were comfortably content, very happy, or plumb excited. Now, in our associations and relationships, we must determine if we’re going to act negatively by being hateful and deceptive (inciting a negative backlash) or to be courteous and helpful (inviting a positive response). Do you think that when a person determines to be honest, forthright, and friendly, that they will also have to determine to shy away from being hateful, harsh, and hurtful? I’m inclined to believe that’s exactly what we must decide.
Do you honestly think that humans will ever make any great advancement in powerfully positive relationships, collectively or personally, if we persist with a pessimistic and negative attitude? I doubt it. As it is now, we can only dream of how Eden was, and how heaven will be. So, we need to make some good choices, right?
“Choose today whom (or what – jvd) you will serve.” – Josh. 24:15
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.” -Deut. 30:19–20
-John Driggers (11/6/2023, V5 #45)