If you know what good is then are you doing it? When faced with evil do you resist it? How do you know the difference between good and evil? Do you have a source of truth that never changes? Is there a resource you turn to so that you can know for sure? Do you pause and listen to the Holy Spirit to hear the truth?
How do you choose between good and evil?
Do you turn to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance? Do you meditate and memorize God’s Word so that when faced with a situation you can grab onto scriptures like:
‘Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in. ‘Galatians 6:9
‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven. ‘Matthew 5:16
‘Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness. ‘Psalms 37:3
‘What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind of] faith save him? [No, a mere claim of faith is not sufficient—genuine faith produces good works.] If a brother or sister is without [adequate] clothing and lacks [enough] food for each day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace [with my blessing], [keep] warm and feed yourselves,” but he does not give them the necessities for the body, what good does that do? So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective]. But someone may say, “You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith by my works [that is, by what I do].” ‘James 2:14-18
‘Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.’Romans 12:21
‘The [reverent] fear and worshipful awe of the Lord includes the hatred of evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate. ‘Proverbs 8:13
‘Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. ‘Ephesians 6:11
God’s Word speaks to good and evil
As we read earlier, God’s Word shows us what is good and what is evil. God’s Word tells us that if we know what is right we should do it. We read in God’s Word how knowledge of good and evil isn’t enough, we need to be doers of the Word. Therefore, we need to know what is right and do it because not doing it is sin.
Firstly, let’s trust in God and do good! Secondly, let’s shine for God in this dark world! Thirdly, as we start our day, let’s not grow weary in doing good! Finally, let’s be about doing good works as the overflow of our faith!
So let’s not be overcome by evil but rather overcome evil with good! Let’s be followers of God by hating evil, not getting tripped up in pride and arrogance, nor finding ourselves speaking perverted words. Let’s choose to resist the devil and he will flee!
So how can we apply today’s verse of the day towards understanding good and evil and putting it into practice so we can be the dads God desires? As dads, we have a responsibility to make the right choices and lead by example.
Ways to apply today’s verse of the day to being dads and knowing the difference between good and evil:
- Be a role model: As dads, we should model good behavior and make the right choices in front of our children. Our actions speak louder than words.
- Teach your children: Teach your children about good and evil and the importance of making the right choices.
- Set boundaries: Set clear boundaries for your children, and enforce them. Teach them the difference between right and wrong.
- Lead by example: Lead by example and demonstrate to your children the importance of making the right choices, even when it’s difficult.
- Be honest: Be honest with your children and model integrity. Honesty is always the best policy.
- Teach forgiveness: Teach your children the importance of forgiveness and how to forgive others.
- Practice humility: Practice humility and acknowledge when you’ve made a mistake. Apologize and make amends when necessary.
- Be accountable: Take responsibility for your actions and hold yourself accountable for the choices you make.
- Show empathy: Show empathy towards others and model kindness and compassion.
- Teach self-control: Teach your children the importance of self-control and how to resist temptation. Help them understand that making the right choices isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it in the end.