The Aftermath Of Your Actions

June 15, 2013

The Aftermath Of Your Actions

            I received my grade school education in a little one room country school. At the most, there were eight students in the school.  On day, during recreation time, we all crawled through the fence of the school grounds to a neighbor’s field.  He had an electric fence there to keep his cows in the field.  For us, it was an exciting sensation to touch the electric fence.  It was thrilling if all of us held hands in a line and the one on the end would touch the electric wire.  The electric shock would pass from one hand to the other all down the line.  Thinking back on that experience makes me think of the aftermath of our actions.  The impact of our actions is passed on, and others feel the effect of it.

There are few people like Robinson Caruso, who lived by himself on an island.  The truth is, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to live alone that way.  We need companionship.  Along with companionship goes the responsibility of taking into consideration what the aftermath of our actions will be over those around us. Our actions can be good or bad.

Some people are ignorant of the bad effects their behavior has upon those around them.  Sometimes they are aware of it, but they are too selfish to care.  In this article we are going to call to your attention some of the negative effects of our actions.

Some men make their wife and family suffer because of their bad habits.  There are those who waste some of their wages on gambling, alcohol and cigarette.  Some women are guilty of doing the same thing with their wages or the hard earned money of their husband.

Some make others suffer because of infidelity in their marriage.  Their children suffer along with their marriage partner.  I Corinthians 7:2 says, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” Marriage partners are capable of giving one another all the satisfaction they need without the need of seeking it elsewhere.

Some young people make others in the house suffer because of the rock music they play at high volume.  Sometimes even their close neighbors are made to suffer because of it.  They can’t seem to accept the evils of rock music and that it’s not the preference of everyone.

If we are undisciplined in the use of our time we make others wait on us.  The aftermath of that is that others don’t get the full benefit of their time.

We may not think that being lazy is a sin.  We nearly always find a way to justify it.  Proverbs 26:16 says, “The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.”  By being lazy, however, we often leave others with the responsibility of doing what we should do.  We are also being negligent in contributing to the wellbeing of others.

Above all, we should give consideration to the effect our bad actions have on God and his work.  We can do damage to our testimony and to the work of God. Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  We will most certainly be under the judgment of God for our bad actions.

In Matthew 7:12 Jesus said, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” If we sincerely want others to take our wellbeing into consideration, we should realize that we have a mutual obligation to them.  We should constantly ask ourselves, “What will be the aftermath of my actions in the lives of others?”  If Christ is king of our life, he isn’t going to leave us with a good conscience if we are abusing others.

Perhaps, some time in the future, we will write an article on the aftermath of our good actions.  They too have their impact on the lives of others, but for good.  I hope this article has made you aware of the aftermath of your bad actions, and that, with the help of God, you will eradicate them from your life.  In the Bible, when we read of the works of the flesh that should be eliminated, it immediately follows by telling us about good actions that we should add to replace the bad actions.

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