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  • Allen Domelle

Choosing Between Good and Good

Proverbs 2:9

Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

There will be times when you must choose between good and good. God says His Word helps you to choose every good path. God did not say that we would choose the good path, but we would know to choose every good path. The word every means there is more than one; therefore, I must learn how to choose which is the right path when I am choosing between good and good.

There are times in life when you must choose between good and good. Choosing between good and good means that I cannot make the wrong decision because both paths are good, but I can make a decision that will do more good. There was a time when I had to choose between being an evangelist or a pastor. Both paths were good, but being the pastor was the right path at that stage of my life, and it has resulted in more good being done. Let me share several guides you can use when choosing between good and good.

First, look at what you have learned from God’s Word. Your first stop in every decision must be God’s Word. Reading God’s Word daily will help you in the future when you must make a decision between good and good. God’s Word will place itself in your heart and mind, and the Holy Spirit will remind you of what God’s Word says when you must make this choice.

Second, look at which good takes more faith. You cannot please God without faith; therefore, whichever good requires more faith will require God to work in your life more, which is a good thing. Don't take the easier good because it is the path of less resistance, but take the path that requires more faith as it requires more trust in God.

Third, look at what others have done when facing your decision. History is a good way to see which good is best. One reason you should go to your pastor for advice is because he has likely seen others who had to make the decision you are having to make between good and good. Whatever good did more good in the lives of others will likely be best for your life.

Fourth, which good results in more souls being saved. Souls being saved is always the result of good decisions, but one good may result in more souls being saved. As I go through the list, I must look at which good causes more souls to be saved and keep that in mind as I choose between which good is best.

Fifth, look at the direction of each good to be sure that it keeps you going directionally right. For instance, if one good results in seeing more souls saved but changes my direction for right, I must not choose the good that sees more saved. Compromise for the sake of seeing more souls saved is never right. Therefore, I must keep direction as a parameter in choosing between good and good.

Sixth, look at what each good will do for your future. You must ask yourself if you are willing to live with the results of the good. Every good always forfeits some things, and you must ask yourself if you are willing to do that good and not have what that good causes you to forfeit. You want to do the good that keeps you doing what God has called you to do. You will never regret making a choice for good that keeps you in God’s will for the remainder of your life.


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