“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~
Sometimes making a decision can feel like the hardest thing you have to do in your life. Especially because as Christian women, we want to make Godly decisions. So often we think, “How do I know what God would want me to do?” And when we feel like we don’t know what God’s will for us is, we can let it paralyze us. But making a Godly decision doesn’t have to be so difficult.
We know by reading the Bible that God has given us certain gifts for us to use so that we may be conquerors in this life. For example, in John He promises to give us peace: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 NKJV
When we’re faced with a decision, we can put it up against five things that are from God: peace, joy, grace, mercy, and love.
Consider whether your decision will bring these five things into your life. If the answer is absolutely no, then don’t make that decision. If the answer is completely yes, then go with that decision. Every decision can be looked at this way.
For example, I’m running late. Should I go ahead and speed?
Does it bring you peace? No. Does it bring you joy? Maybe happiness, but not joy. Does it bring you grace? No. Does it bring you mercy? No. Does it bring you love? No.
OK. So, I don’t speed, I arrive late, and I am determined to leave my house earlier next time.
Let’s look at the decision to leave home earlier next time. Does leaving my house earlier bring me peace? Yes, because I’m not in a hurry. Does it bring me joy? Yes, because I’ve accomplished something that I said I would do. Does it bring me grace? Yes, I’ve left my house early so if I come up on traffic I’m given grace in time. Does it bring me mercy? I’m not sure. Does it bring me love? No, I don’t feel like it does.
Three out of five answers are yes, one answer for unsure, and one answer for no. You can determine that this is a Godly decision to leave the house earlier as opposed to speeding or being late. This is a silly example, but it shows you how this can be applied to every decision.
1 Thessalonians says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”
In this verse, God tells us the key to making Godly decisions. We must start with the right heart posture. When we allow our hearts to align with Christ, things become simpler. When we’re in the right mindset, we can more clearly see which decision is the Godly decision.
This year, instead of giving in to confusion or indecision, start with what you know to be true in God’s Word. Learn to make Godly decisions by understanding His heart and aligning yourself with Christ.
In His love,