Think Before You Act

“Wise people are careful to stay out of trouble, but stupid people are careless and act too quickly.” -Proverbs 13:16

Decisions. Life is full of them. Should you watch TV or do homework? Should you go swimming or go to a movie? Should you go out for a school team or get a job? You will never face a shortage of choices. You will need to make lots of decisions as you go through life.  There are so many to make. Have you ever heard the saying “Make sure brain is engaged before putting mouth into gear.” In other words, “Think before you speak.”

It’s important to think before you act. Remember when Simon Peter drew his sword and cut off the high priest’s right ear.? -John 18:10-11 There is a lesson here to learn from the action and reaction of Peter and Jesus, a lesson that teaches us how to behave and act.

In the New Testament there were many times Peter behaved in an impetuous way. But he was also committed and he knew the Lord was in trouble and he stood to defend his teacher, friend, and Lord. He didn’t consider the consequences or the fact that they were out numbered. Jesus didn’t stand to fight with Peter, instead His brain was already in gear before He spoke. He turned to the man without aggression, who was His enemy  and healed him then and there. He showed that He was truly the Son of God and He reacted with love, not violence. Peter relied on the strength of man to overcome, which would have led to disaster. Jesus relied on the power of God to overcome.

Have you ever been in a situation where you have  struck out instinctively rather than thinking things through first? Do you think before you act?

Being quick to hear means to listen closely and carefully to what you are being told. Being slow to speak means to think over things before you open your mouth, that is, to make sure your brain is engaged before putting your mouth into gear. Being slow to anger means to consider your reaction before taking any action for anger clouds your judgement.-James 1:19

Consider the cost and benefits of your choices. Think Before You Act!