Choices often determine consequences. Knowing there is forgiveness doesn’t excuse choices.
I recently saw someone giving advice to someone else telling them to just follow their heart, do what feels right to them and know that all things work together for good. It may sound sweet and flowery as advice goes, but it isn’t exactly truth. Our heart often betrays us and we do things that we shouldn’t because we think we are following our hearts. I love what one of my strongest role models, Paul, says “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15). And thinking that everything works out for good? Well that only works for a select group of people “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). That’s a select group. Those who love Him and those who follow Him. So….as far as I can tell, we need to question our hearts and we need to live God-loving, God-following lives in order for it all to work out for good. And even then, it’s His good, not our idea of good.
Yeah we need to be compassionate when we give advice, but the advice had better be accurate.
Just kind of aching today for a friend who got bad advice