Right vs Wrong

My mind is bursting with wondering about right and wrong! Right verses Wrong?

My words are so often haunting to the ear. Resistant to the gut and:

yet evocative to the heart! Why does it seem so hard to discern the right thing to do at all times?

15 thoughts on “Right vs Wrong

  1. Good question, Sara, “why does it seem so hard to discern the right thing to do at all times?” Do you think Solomon felt this way? Read with me, 1Kings 3: 7-9. “Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?”

  2. Thank you, Needles. I feel somewhat better knowing Solomon, a man of great wisdom had the same frustrations I have. Just love the wording of this scripture. Will hold on to this and pray with Solomon for an understanding heart.

  3. This is a very timely subject, Sara. Oh!! for a heart of understanding, like Solomon cried out for; to know when a thing that seems right, kind, appropriate at the time, is NOT right and appropriate at that particular time…. which at another time it might be. How can one know? Only by the Spirit of the living God. Yet, although we have the Holy Spirit yet not all of God’s people have the same gifts. We pray for a gift of discernment, that is, to discern when a thing that seem right, is not and when a thing that appears inappropriate to do really is permissible, at that time. When our hearts seem to tell us something, we can only know if that is the Lord, the enemy or just our own idea by the Spirit. We cannot and must not always follow our hearts.
    In Gwen Shaw’s book she quotes a French writer Duc de la Francois Rochefourcauld (1613-1680) who wrote: “The intellect is ALWAYS fooled by the heart.” Wisely put.

  4. Most interesting quote by the French writer. So, are we to follow our minds and not our hearts? I think that is why we read, “safety in a multitude of counsellor.” Being a Lone ranger doesn’t cut it, does it?

  5. Right vs. Wrong at times seems like salt and pepper to me. It shakes out black and white. It shows black and white in the shaker but has a very different taste and effect when used.

    When ones studies wisdom, ie being wise, using common sense, intelligence, astuteness, smartness, and then looks at the ANTONYMS folly, stupidity…the dictionary knows how to write it but try and apply it.

    The prayer of Solomon that Needles posted above gives us a lot of insight with his first words….“Now, O Lord my God, you have made me….” Solomon knew the One with the answers to right and wrong.

  6. Regarding Sara’s question, ‘So, are we to follow our minds and not our hearts?’ Maybe Solomon had learned from his father David the importance of a heart that was wanting God’s will since God chose David to be king because he had a heart after His….or the Message says, ‘whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ (Acts 13:22). So it seems to me to be a heart issue primarily. A divided heart, half wanting God’s will if convenient and suits me and my agenda, may not understand God’s will because it’s too busy trying to carry out its own plans. And God knows and sees this …”these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.”

  7. Heart & Soul
    I think Sara put it this way. the other day…but don’t be” devoid of common sense” when she was explaining the difference between what one thinks his/her “heart” is saying and what is common sense. The Bible says, “For the word of God is living and active. sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ( Heb. 4:12.) How to tell the difference between the soul (heart) and the spirit (heart).
    Doesn’t that mean that we must wield the Sword of the Word of God to define what is in our hearts as opposed to what is in our spirits and how do we acquire that skill of discernment? By the Holy Spirit! If the Word of God says, be prepared to give to every good cause…” Equipping God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good works” (2Tim 3:17); But there comes the discernment….which works are “good, appropriate and timely works” and which are inappropriate for that time? This is the original question that Sara posed. Help!

  8. “For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” Solomon asked it right……”who by himself”. Read with me the footnotes, from my Bible on verses 6-9, in 1Kings 3: “When given a chance to have anything in the world, Solomon asked for wisdom–‘an understanding heart’– in order to lead well and to make right decisions. We can ask God for this same wisdom (James 1:5). Notice that Solomon asked for understanding to carry out his job; he did not ask God to do the job for him. We should not ask God to do for us what he wants to do through us. Instead, we should ask God to give us the wisdom to know what to do and the courage to follow through on it.”
    Hum, now this is some food for thought, for me. How about you?

  9. “Food for thought”, says, Needles….better than turkey and I love that.

    I love holidays because it gives me downtime to think deeply (that is as deep as I am capable of thinking???) Prayer, thought, meditation and sharing of the wonderful enlightenment that hopefully I have obtained from asking and seeking God’s wisdom with my fellow table mates.

    What about you?

  10. Tammy thank you for the scripture (I Kings 3: 6-9) In the Message Bible the prayer by Solomon is as follows, “Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people!” Great food for thought. “God-listening heart”, I can’t imagine how in depth that is? I guess I would have to pray this over and over again as I have missed what is right and wrong many times and with help from others have seen mistaken roads taken.

  11. Motives, attitudes, fortitude constitutes a foundation. This is how it seems to me. I want to live my life in the spirit of truth and this takes the work of The Holy Spirit knocking holes in my busy self propelled holy wrongs.

  12. It would seem also in order to discern right from wrong we need a healthy fear of God and what He says about the consequences of our actions of doing right or wrong.

  13. Debi, reverential fear of God is good. But, dosen’t help when you don’t know what is wrong or right. I am like a frozen turkey full of fear with no answers.

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