Fresh Hope – 16th January 2019

The next 12 months will give you 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes!

Right now, the next 12 months are like a clean sheet of paper; what ends up on that paper is very much governed by the decisions YOU make, more than what you allow others to make for you.

Are you going to want to throw it away within a few weeks or are you going to want to frame it because it has so many great things recorded? great memories and great decisions made.

Why not start today with one simple phrase: ‘DO THE RIGHT THING.’

When being confronted to do the lesser of two evils…do neither.

When being asked by your boss to lie…do the right thing.

When being given too much change at the cash till…do the right thing.

When being tempted to cover up your mistake…do the right thing.

When being tempted to cross the line with your girlfriend/ boyfriend…do the right thing.

When being drawn into gossip…do the right thing.

When you need to say sorry and ask for forgiveness…do the right thing.

When you see someone in need…do the right thing.

If you’ve made a promise to someone…do the right thing.

When God speaks…do the right thing.

Matthew 5:38-45 (NIV)
“You have heard that it was said, `Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ [39] But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. [40] And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. [41] If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. [42] Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. [43] “You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ [44] But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [45] that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

James 4:17 (NIV)
Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

It’s quite easy not to do the wrong thing…just don’t do anything! Don’t go anywhere, don’t be anything. However, that is not an option. God calls us to today to write one simple heading at the top
of our paper – ‘DO THE RIGHT THING’.

Be blessed.

Pastor Mark

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