“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (James 4:17)
This scripture is very interesting to me. First, I am thinking, I would not sin if I did not know the right thing to do? Am I right or wrong on this thinking? But, if I knew to do the right thing or a good thing and did not do it then I have sinned? Right? Wrong?
Does ignorance exempt me from sinning?
Does staying home and minding my own business rather than showing involvement in community, church and nations give me a free ticket from sin?
When my children were very young I started ending my greetings to them, be good, do good and be happy. When I would drop then off for school, I would say be good, do good and be happy. When they were in college I continued to say be good, do good and be happy. I still do. I email them, call them and bless them with these words. I have always felt from my learning that if we were good, did good , we would be happy.
If we were to start a list here of the good things we have been instructed in God’s Word to do, would we then be responsible to do them?
If I forgot right away because I got so busy, would I be found with sin in my heart?
When we are in darkness, we cry for light. At times we are lonely, and we yearn for love, yet we fail to recognize that others are crying out for light and love and we have it to give and may know to give it but fail to.
I am searching for many answers to this fact James gives us… “if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.” (James 4:17 Message)
Why would we know to do good and not do it? Would we really withhold Light from another if we had Light to give? If we didn’t have Light to give would that mean we are in darkness crying for light and lonely, crying for love and we are all in darkness together? Where is the LIGHT from ourselves and from others?
Are you a Star-Walker or a Star-Gazer?