Making Right Choices

People often turn to Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians in order to determine how to make right choices.  One of the first things they do is refuse to look at Torah because they think it has been abolished or inappropriate in our day and age.

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul scolds the church in Corinth for ignoring the sexual relationship between a man and his father’s wife.  Paul knew this particular relationship was sinful was because it was defined as such in Torah.

If you are faced with making a decision, the first thing you need to determine is whether or not your choices are forbidden (negative commandment) or commanded (positive command) in Torah.

If your choices are commanded, you should fulfill those commands if possible.  If your choices are forbidden, you should avoid those choices.  Bear in mind whether or not the laws associated with your choices were to be followed only in the land of Israel, only in the Temple, only by the priests and/or judges, only by women or men, or by everyone.

If your choices are not commanded or forbidden in Torah you have even more flexibility in making your decision.  At this point you should also consider what is written in the New Testament.

Are you considering a law suit among believers or non-believers?  Do not bring a case with a believer before non-believers. (1 Cor. 6) Instead, consider putting up with injustice or attempt to work things out privately.

Are you considering marriage or divorce?  Marriage should only be between believers.  Divorce is acceptable in the event of sexual immorality.  Remarriage is an option in the event of the death of your spouse.

Will your decision show love for God and/or your fellow man?  Will your decision harm anyone?

If you are forced to decide between two evils, choose the lesser evil or the choice that protects or helps others.  If you are faced with breaking the Sabbath and meeting human need, always choose to meet human need.

Are you dealing with an issue of ritual purity?  Remember God’s desire for His people is holiness.  Will your decision cause you to become more or less ritually pure or unclean? Maintain ritual purity if possible except when human need requires you to become unclean.

Does God want you to prophesy?  Be strong and courageous. Allow Him to speak through you.  Afterwards, be still and know He is God.

Finally make decisions that will ultimately bring glory to God.

What decisions are you faced with today?

Don’t be afraid to use these guidelines to make the right decisions.

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