By Pastor Oloruntimilehin Joshua Daramola
What is the thing that makes a person to do something or take an action? Two things make a person to take an action or do something (a) Action taken or something done out of deep thought (b) something done out of undeep thought i.e. inability to think deeply before taking a decision and executing it.
These two thoughts make people to fall or encounter calamities and disasters. Some people fall because they do not think deeply before taking an action that lead to their downfall.
Maybe they were not to engage in a fight and they did. This might make them guilty before God. All they understand then was to rebuke the cheating or insult meted to them. They became obstinate and felt the need to engage in a physical fight. They might regret the action they took and ask why they did it? In the same vein, some people would take same action after a deep thought and no alternative and the fight would elevate them from their present position to higher positions.
A deep thought and indept thought come from the heart but the aftermath of these thoughts might lead to fortune or misfortune or make person to become clean or unclean. Jesus said in Mark 7:17-23 “…what comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. Far from within out of men’s hearts, come evil thought, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evil come from inside and make a man unclean”. Some people took some actions which they regretted afterwards.
Imagine a man resigned from a job with the hope of getting another job. But he couldn’t get a job and made several efforts to go back to his former job to no avail. Infact his joblessness led to his demise. Similarly, a man resigned from a company and got a better job. Eventually he became friendly with his form-er director and established business relationship with the former company.
Regrets come from actions taken which fail to meet the desired expectations and yearning. Deep thought might make a person to regret his or her action. I fervently pray that in all our undertakings we would not regret our actions or deeds in the name of Jesus. Imagine some people use other people’s misfortune to determine to change the course of their lives from poverty direction. Such people would embark on menial jobs to educate themselves so that they could have better life where they can cater for their families. For example I saw a young lady hawking plantain chips on the road. She was approaching motorists to patronize her.
The manner of her approach made me to ask her if she was living on the chips she was selling. She told me that selling of chips sustains her education in one of the universities. She was a 300 level student. I was inspired to pray for her and gave her additional money after I paid for the actual quantity I bought.
Meanwhile some ladies who had opportunities to acquire university education failed to do so because they did not think deeply about what to do. They failed to think that their parents can pass on anytime and they would not get anybody to sponsor their education. Brethren I pray that our thoughts will not lead us to self destruction.
Some people took decisions after deep thought (negative thinking) and regretted the action that led to their destruction. Imagine Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus Christ. He agreed to do so when the chief priest gave him money to betray Jesus (Luke 22:1-8). But Judas regretted his action. Matthew 27:3-5 “When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the 30 silver coins to the chief priests and elders. I have sinned, he said, for I have betrayed innocent blood. What is that to us, they replied. That is your responsibility. So Judas threw the money and left. Then he went away and hanged himself”.
Judas Iscariot actions led to his death by committing suicide. Similarly, the prodigal son took a decision to demand for his inheritance from his father. He thought deeply and decided to demand for his share of his father’s possession. However, he regretted his action when he could not make ends meet after squandering all his inheritance.
But after a deep thought he decided to retrace his step and went back to his father and begged for forgiveness. Notwithstanding his deed, the father accepted him back and rejoiced with him (Luke 15:11-32). Again I pray that we would not regret all the actions and deeds resulting from our deep thoughts in the name of Jesus Christ.
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