Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. She has travelled to at least eight Asian countries including Malaysia, Taiwan, Macao, etc.
Human being, sinners as we are, are prone to make errors in their lives as they live their lives everyday. This is because by nature, humans were born sinners. However, we are never hopeless because there are some ways where we can avoid making mistakes despite our nature as sinners. The following are some helpful tips to prevent us from making wrong decisions or choices in life. This gives us some hope as we live our lives each day.
Be open-minded, eager to listen, and diligent to prove things for yourself.
"And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth" (Acts 177:11, NLT).
There is so much to learn from this verse about the Bereans' attitude which is worthy of emulation. First, it tells us about two important principles in communication. These are openmindedness and listening. The verse reminds us that, it's very difficult to listen to someone if you have already your own pre-conceived ideas. Chances are, no matter what the person is saying, it's impossible to hear him and understand what he is saying. Second, the Bereans were serious learners of the Scriptures. They always(day after day) examined for themselves if what they heard was true.
Test things if they come from God instead of believing everything.
"Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world"(1 John 4:1, NLT).
Testing is an important aspect of learning. Teachers often give tests and exams to measure their students if they have learned something from their lessons. This is the same thing in the Christian life. We need to verify what we are hearing from people if it is true based on God's word. Before we embrace a new concept relating to our faith, it's good to find out if it is in harmony with God's principles.
Do things slowly, passion without education is not good.
"Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes" (Proverbs 19:2, NLT). This advice sounds very down-to-earth for many people especially at this time.
You see, many failures come with rushing. Ex. Hurrying our food and resorting to fast foods, contribute to several diseases today. Rushed marriage due to lack of preparation on both parties, usually ends up in divorce. Buying something out of impulse and without much thought or careful consideration, results to regrets after the item has been bought. Thus, King Solomon's advice is still a timely advice for us to take.
Evaluate everything that people say, then stick to what is right.
Assessing something before taking action is another way to avoid making mistakes in the choices that we make. Several things can be saved if only people carefully evaluate the actions that they will have to undertake before finally engaging on them. Evaluation is a vital step you need to take if you want to do what is right. After careful evaluation of something, you can see and weight things over. With this, it is easier to choose which one you would like to take. This important verse will guide us in this.
"But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21)..
Trust in the Lord and never rely on your own wisdom.
Human as we are, human beings are prone to make wrong choices and commit commit mistakes. That is why trusting on one's wisdom alone won't always work. This is because men's knowledge is so narrow and limited. However, when we trust the Source of wisdom. the One who made humans, our choices are always better and mostly safer.
That is why, the wisest king whoever lived on this earth reminds us with this timely advice, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take"(Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT).
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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