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Light and Shadow: Understanding Our Choices

Joshua 24:15

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served.. or the gods of the.. land where you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.


Let us discuss a topic of utmost importance. A topic that affects our daily lives, our attitudes, our relationships, and ultimately, our place in the eternal kingdom of God. We shall meditate on the consequences of our choices, both positive and negative, and the implications they have for our lives.


Proverbs 16:9 tells us, "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." It is, therefore, essential to understand the gravity of every decision we make, for even in our own plans, it is the Lord's will that prevails.


Life is a beautiful tapestry woven with threads of choices. Some threads shine with radiant colours, while others seem dull and sombre. However, it is the combination of all these threads that creates the complete picture of our lives. Positive choices generate positive outcomes, and negative choices breed negative results.


God gave us the gift of free will. He allows us to make choices, but He also guides us towards righteousness. When we choose to live by His teachings, we walk in the light - a path that leads to love, peace, and eternal life. We can either choose to act on the desires of the world and the flesh, or the will of God and the Holy Spirit.


The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, describes the fruits of the Spirit – "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). These are not just characteristics; they are the positive outcomes of walking in alignment with God's will. Following God's guidance will lead us to these fruits, bringing joy and contentment into our lives and the lives of those around us.


However, we are not perfect. There will be times when we stray from God's path and allow temptation to lead us to make negative choices. These choices lead us towards a shadowy path - a path filled with resentment, sadness, and despair. We must know the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).


Remember, the Lord does not abandon us in our mistakes. Just as a loving father guides his child, God corrects us and nudges us back onto the path of light. His mercy and grace are abundant, waiting for us to repent and return to Him. As we read in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."


The choices we make shape our lives. But let us rejoice in this: every new moment brings a new opportunity to choose wisely, to choose love, to choose life. With every dawn, God presents us with a fresh canvas. Let it be our conscious decision to paint it with strokes of positivity, love, and faith.


May we all strive to walk in the path that God has laid out for us, always seeking His guidance in our choices. Remember, dear ones, the choices we make today will shape the world tomorrow. Let us choose to contribute to revealing the love and light of God to a lost world that desperately needs it!