When Doing Right Hurts


            I have heard it said, and said myself, that following God offers the best possible life.  I have taught in the Butler Co. Jail that when one sincerely submits to the Lord, life will be better.  I believe this with all my heart, but the whole truth doesn’t stop there.  In order to receive the blessings that are in Christ Jesus, one must DO right…and sometimes doing what’s right hurts.

            Sometimes, when people teach the gospel, they mention all the wonderful things that belong to God’s faithful, but reveal nothing about the sacrifice involved in Christianity.  Many new converts don’t have a clue that doing what is right can hurt.  Some places are not suitable for godly people, and this can be difficult for those who think that this weekend’s wild party is the key to social success.  The Bible teaches that evil companions can corrupt good morals.  However, acting upon this knowledge can be painful for someone who has deep feelings for an ungodly boyfriend or girlfriend.  It can also hurt to do right when the right thing to do is to tell someone what they need to hear, even though it is not what they want to hear.  In some circumstances, people must feel the difficult reality of Jesus’ words in Matt 10:34-35: "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”  This may sound negative, but rest assured that Jesus’ greatest concern is with the eternal life of all people.  He just knows that anything and everything is expendable when it is compared with eternal life.

            It is important to know that walking in God’s light is not always the easy path.  But there is absolutely no doubt that the rewards, both here and hereafter, are worth it all.  God through the Scriptures assures us that godliness is profitable both in this life and the life to come (I Tim 4:8).  In Christ we will receive 100 times the earthly blessings that we forsake for His name (Mk 10:29-30).  And we can rest assured that all our needs will be supplied by God according to His riches (Phil 4:19). 

----Darrell Powell