In Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses addresses the children of Israel and says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your children may live.”
Life is full of choices. You and I make hundreds of them everyday. Some of our choices are fairly insignificant – should we go to Burger King or McDonald’s? But there are also choices that impact our lives greatly – choices we live and die with. Are we going to encourage or are we going to criticize? Are we going to forgive or are we going to be bitter and angry?
There are the choices we make that are literally choosing and imparting life to those around us. And there are choices we make that are literally bringing death and destruction to our lives and relationships.
Choices that Bring Life or Death:
Forgiveness OR Bitterness
Encouragement OR Criticism
Believing the truth OR Believing Satan’s lies
Yielding our rights OR Fighting for our rights
Serving others OR Demanding others serve us
Humility OR Pride
Overlooking an offense OR Being easily offended
Giving OR Withholding
Loving OR Selfishness
Following God’s Ways represents a far superior way of life than anything else the world has to offer, therefore choose life (as Moses has said) “that both you and your children may live.”