Think Carefully Before You Act

Think Carefully Before You Act

Ephesians 5:15

It is important to think through one’s courses of actions before acting. You should always think before you act to prevent unwanted consequences. If you don’t think before you act, you may realize that you did not really want to do what you did. Therefore, you must think carefully before you act so that you don’t become a victim of the devil.

The word careful describes the behaviour of someone who ensures that he or she makes sure to avoid potential danger, mishap, harm; cautious and also that of someone who pays close attention to whatever he or she is doing or about to do. However, being spontaneous can be fun sometimes, but there is a difference between spontaneity and impulsiveness. When you act without even considering the consequences or potential consequences, or how it may affect or be perceived by others, you are being socially reckless. Impulsive acts, on the other hand, often lead to regrets, as the consequences catch the actor off guard. For instance, consider a sudden invitation to attend a party at a friend’s house. I could impulsively decide to attend this party without asking any questions, such as who are the other guests? Will I be safe? What kind of drinks or food will be on offer? On the other hand, a careful deliberation of the invitation could help me to understand whether I really would like to attend this party or not. Thinking through this invitation equips me with the knowledge I need in order to make an informed decision that I will not regret later. You should think of the possible consequences of any move you are about to make.

Now, if you want to gist or see a movie when you should be studying your books or doing business, think about the failure that action will result in. When a boy is asking you to be his lover, think about the result of such relationship and how it can affect your future negatively, then make the decision to say no. Think carefully before you visit that dirty website in your phone. Think carefully so that you don’t become a victim of the devil. Notwithstanding, as thinking human beings, It is much better to make way through the world as purposefully as possible. You will do less damage, to yourself and others, if you do. Because, not thinking before you act can get you into trouble. You can, for example, be sued for negligence if you do not exercise reasonable caution when doing things.

Let’s say you throw a large rock out of the window from fifth floor of your apartment. You did it without thinking of hurting anyone, but it hit someone and hurt them badly. You could be sued for negligence or charged with the crime of reckless endangerment. Even if you do not end up in trouble, you can ruin relationships by acting without thinking. For example, what if you believe something mean about a friend and say it to them without thinking? You could easily destroy your relationship with them simply because you did not think before you spoke. Have you ever done or said something before thinking about it? You can probably imagine a dozen instances when you wish you would have thought about the consequences before taking action. It usually doesn’t end well to act first and think later.

As a child of God, you have the Holy Spirit to show you the difference between right and wrong. However, many of us often act before asking whether what we are about to do could have positive or negative effects. Considering the outcome of your actions can stop you from doing something you will later regret. God has given you everything you need to make wise choices. But it’s up to you to pause long enough to consider if what you are doing is right or wrong.

For example, many times we see Peter behaving in a manner that seemed to be impetuous. He was human and he made mistakes, often because of his impetuous nature. But he was also committed. He was prepared to jump in boots and to give everything of himself to whatever the matter or cause was that he was involved in. Here came a mob of people to arrest Jesus and take Him away to be tried and put to death. Peter was having none of that and even though the mob included soldiers and officers of the chief priests, all armed with weapons, Peter stood up to defend his teacher, Lord and friend, Jesus. Peter had a sword, drew it and used it to attack those who would harm Jesus.

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He forgot the fact that they were outnumbered, outgunned in the weapons department and some of these were trained soldiers. He just struck out to defend his friend and hang the consequences. He was impetuous and committed. Therefore, failing to think carefully before you act can harm you in many ways.

2 thoughts on “Think Carefully Before You Act”

  1. There is a great lesson drawn from this wonderful article because you don’t just take action immediately you should think before acting.

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