Evaluating Your Actions

How do you go about evaluating your actions or your lack of action?  Do you have guidelines for making decisions?

Here a few of the instant guidelines I use before making decisions.  What I mean by instant is this is used for times when a relatively quick decision must be made.  Many things can wait for more lengthy prayer, Bible Study and counsel.

1) Does this bring Glory to God?

1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

1 Peter 4:11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

2) Might this hinder the gospel?

2 Corinthians 6:3 (ESV) We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, …

1 Corinthians 9:12 (ESV) If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

3)  Is this a bad example to unbelievers?

1 Peter 2:12 (ESV) Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

4)  Is this commanded against?

John 13: 34-35 (ESV)

34  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
35  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Luke 6:46  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

5) Would this violate my conscience?

Romans 14:23 (ESV) But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

6) Would this be helpful?

1 Corinthians 10:23 (ESV)  All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

 

How do you determine if a decision is wise?


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