Whatever is Right

Philippians 4:8 — Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (NIV).

The King James Version of this verse says to think on whatsoever things are just. In other words, the words right and just are interchangeable in this verse. To be just is to be correct in judgment. We are to think about what is good and proper.

There are many well-meaning people who have poor judgment. Poor judgment comes as a result of not knowing the difference between right and wrong. (Others make bad choices willfully.) Many people never realize their dreams because they make foolish decisions, or poor judgment calls, trying to fulfill them.

Take for instance a little boy who dreams of flying. Full of vigor and expectation, he glues paper wings to his back and climbs onto the roof of his house. He carefully positions himself at the edge of the roof, extends his arms, and takes a flying leap. The end result is less than desirable. His dream is shattered, and he’s left injured and confused. He thought for sure his plan would work, but he went about fulfilling his dream all wrong.

I know this is an extreme example, but the lesson learned can be applied to everyday life. Maybe you find yourself at a standstill today. All you have to show for your dreams is a laundry list of bad decisions and poor judgment calls. It’s hard to do the right thing when you don’t know what it is.

Psalm 119:125 says, “Give discernment to me, Your servant; then I will understand Your laws” (NLT). Ask God to give you discernment every day when you pray. It is one of the gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12. He wants you to know and do what is right.

Proverbs 3:21 — My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight (NIV).

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