Whether we live for Christ or not, we are always faced with the need to determine right from wrong. Quite often we find ourselves going through a great deal of anxiety trying to determine what we should do under a certain set of circumstances. We may have thought if there were a set of rules that we might place before us to follow in making these decisions, would we not find life easier to live? Clearly we would! With this article we want to ask several questions which, when answered, will assist us in determining right from wrong.

DOES THE BIBLE SAY IT IS WRONG? – This would be one of the key factors in determining the correctness of something. If the Bible says it is wrong, then it is wrong, and that settles it. Likewise, if the Bible says it is right, it is right, and that settles it. Given the fact that the Bible includes everything that “pertains to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), we should turn to it for the answer to the question of whether or not something is right or wrong. This is especially true in view of the fact that God would have us to do good, and not do bad (Isaiah 7:15). We should also be aware of the fact that the Bible guides man in making the right decisions in life (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

DOES IT HURT EITHER MY MIND OR MY BODY? – This should also be one of the key factors in determining right from wrong. We should never do that which will harm either our minds or our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). God has given us both and it is certain that He would not want us deliberately doing that which would harm either.

WILL IT ENSLAVE ME? – I am sure that each of us realizes that there are numerous things that can and do enslave people. Thus, prior to deciding on something, we should ask “Will it make a slave out of me?” There should be nothing in our lives that rules us, apart from God.

It is when we allow something to bring us under its power that we have failed to do that which God would have us to do (1 Corinthians 6:12). One translation of this passage states, “…but I will not be mastered by anything.” Thus, we should always be concerned about whether we will answer to our actions or will they answer to us.

IS IT GOOD STEWARDSHIP? – Every Christian should be concerned with that which God had placed in their care. Stewardship is concern for whatever God has given us. We should be practicing good stewardship when it comes to deciding whether or not something will bring good or bad effects upon us. It should be understood that stewardship is not a suggestion from God but, rather, a command (1 Corinthians 4:2). Whenever we are confronted with the decision as to whether something is either right or wrong, this should be one of the questions we ask.

WILL IT GLORIFY GOD? – This, too, is an important question that warrants an answer. We should never do anything that does not bring glory to God. Everything that we do should be done with that purpose in mind (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

WILL IT PROFIT AND EDIFY OTHERS? – If we would understand that no man is an island to himself, and that everything that we do should be done with others in mind, we would be far better off (Hebrews 10:24; 1 Corinthians 10:33).

WILL IT HELP ME TO SERVE GOD AND OTHERS? – This question should be asked since we all realize that we wish to serve God and our fellow man (1 Corinthians 10:23, 24).

IS IT WORTH IMITATING? – We should try to only do those things that we would want others to do (Matthew 7:12; 1 Corinthians 11:1). We should realize that many people are watching us and looking for help in determining what is right and wrong. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in doing wrong, others will follow, including our children.

WILL IT CAUSE OTHERS TO STUMBLE? – This falls in line with the previous point. We should never want to do anything that others will follow us in and be wrong. Likewise, we should never, by our actions, cause others to stumble (1 Corinthians 8:9).

IS IT BEST? – This question should be upon our minds as we make daily decisions (Philippians 1:9, 10).

Having done that which is right in the sight of God will make all the difference at the Judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10). These and other questions can help us make the right decisions when confronted with difficult decisions that must be made. Our eternal destiny is at stake. Let’s be sure to give proper attention to do that which the Lord would have us to do.

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