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Making the Right Decision

For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.  Galatians 5:6 NLT

Do you ever worry about making the right decisions?

Something about deciding stresses me out. No matter how small or large the decision, I tend to second-guess myself, leaving me disappointed. I assume I disappoint others around me, too, when I see the frustration on their faces. A simple lunch date could turn into an all-night sleepover if the decision were left up to me. Sigh.

But once we put our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit becomes our guide. Paul wanted the Galatians to know circumcision held no benefit. They, on the other hand, tried to decide if circumcision would make them more righteous with God. If they chose circumcision, they would choose to put themselves back under the law. Christ had already made them righteous through His blood, but they tried to mix the law with grace.

To live free in Christ, we must run our choices through the filter of grace. If we choose to live in the Spirit of God’s grace, love, and faith, it is almost impossible to make the wrong decisions. When we are indecisive, we can let love make the final decision because love conquers all.

Many decisions may appear inconsequential, but thinking about the following questions before we do can benefit us: Will our decision make an impact for Jesus? Will it unite or divide? Will it point others toward Jesus or away? Will it strengthen our faith or weaken it? Does it shed light or darkness? Will it honor or dishonor our parents?

Ultimately, our decisions point to the love of Jesus and make a difference for heaven. Our Lord uses love to drive all things.

God allows us to make our own decisions for a good reason. He wants us to choose Him over everything. Having the ability to choose is a privilege, but God wants us to cover our decisions in love.

On what basis are you making your decisions?

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Mary Beth Powers

Mary Beth Powers speaks and writes with an open heart. She believes there is freedom in sharing our brokenness with each other. She loves to share her story of real heart transformation through freedom in Christ. She believes freedom begins by opening our hearts to Jesus. It allows Him to reach in and pull out the things that keep us from Him. He then replaces it with truth. When we know the real truth of Jesus, it sets us free to be who God created us to be and frees us to serve His purpose. Although she loves to explore new coffee shops, on most days, you will find her curled up next to her two Aussies, coffee in one hand and her journal in the other. Jesus being her first love, she has a deep love for her family and loves it when all eight of them are together. She and her husband Mike have recently stepped into the new season of empty nesters and are expecting their first grandchild.