Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Choice is Yours


Kindred,

What ignorance!  Was fear the reason for such foolishness and sacrilege?  Book burning?  A return to the Inquisition?

I do not know what happens in the minds of people who are compromised. 

All I know is that when someone is looking through eyes enslaved to fear or sins (of jealousy, greed, hatred, selfish desires…), that person’s viewpoint is distorted and perverted away from reality, humanity and the Holy Spirit to where unbiased discernment becomes impossible.
 
It does not help that we live in an immediate gratification society.  

The starting point of any discernment process is the Holy Spirit and one’s connection to the Holy Spirit.  The end point is salvation (unless forsaken). 

Unfortunately, the consequences to bad choices and the negative impact to character and soul are not felt and recognized immediately or fully. 

When the person is in the throws of temptation and the delights of evil or selfish desires, he or she is not thinking of character or consequences, but the immediate gratification of sinful highs and the false power it gives in the moment.  The shame and self-loathing come later-if at all. 

The point of discernment is to recognize the truth, and in so doing, help to make wise choices in accordance to the Holy Spirit. 

Part of this process is to realize that you cannot serve two masters; either you serve the Lord or you do not. 

The Lord gave people free will to choose who to serve and who to be.  The choice is yours and everyone’s.  

Before choosing, think selflessly.  

Discern, choose wisely and in accordance to the Holy Spirit. 

  “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”        ...