by Justin Morton
Have you ever gotten more than you bargained for? As Christians, we all go through times when our actions bring about serious consequences. Consider Adam and Eve. Their decision to eat of the forbidden fruit probably seemed fairly harmless. After all how much bad could come from eating fruit? However, their small act of disobedience brought far more than they bargained for. Their actions led to serious consequences that are still being felt today (Genesis 3:16-24; Romans 5:12).
We all have acted in ways that bring about negative ramifications. While we can always seek forgiveness (I John 1:9), our actions can have long term consequences. Like Adam and Eve, our decisions may seem rather harmless in the moment, but they may bring about a lasting negative impact. Yes, we can be forgiven, but the damage still remains. Our ungodly actions and decisions can destroy our influence among others and cause a great deal of pain along the way.
When we make poor decisions and act in ways unbecoming of a child of God, we destroy the greatest power we have over another person: our influence. Friends, it’s time we stop allowing our actions to give us more than we bargained for by causing pain and destroying our influence. Let’s start making godly decisions others can model in their own lives.
“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.” (Philippians 3:17-18)