(KJV.) 1 PETER 4:15
(15) But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. cf. 1 Corinthians 6:12; as humans, we have the privilege on earth to choose whatever we desire to endeavor; but the question is, why do God, our creator give us such a freedom to make our own choices in life, without his powerful influence? Ponder over it!
For instance; in the garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve commandments about the tree of good and evil, said unto them; never eat the fruit of this tree, because, on the day in which you eat from it, you will surely die, cf. Genesis 2:17; therefore, God told them the secret of the tree, what will happen to them if they partook of its fruit, but he did not uproot the tree away from their reach; the same concept goes for the choices we are making in life; inconceivable, there is a wider and narrower way in life; Jesus voluntarily gave his life, shed his blood to pay for our sins, yet he does not force himself upon any soul to come to salvation, he beckons them to come to him, because he knows that in him, there is peace, free grace, and hope of eternal life.
At times, unaware, we make poor choices that lead us to poor judgments, do what we should not do to hurt ourselves or others; as a result, we suffer wrongfully; today, the Holy Spirit is saying to us, suffer not as a murderer, cf. Exodus 20:13, if you terminate a life, never think you can escape the judgment of Jesus Christ, sooner or later, you will be judged according to your actions, cf. St. Matthew 5:21; if you steal from others, know that your actions will fish you, you will pay double for what you secretly grab from others, cf. Exodus 22:7; also, if you take delight in doing evil against others, turn away from your works, for you will reap what you sow, according to your wickedness, cf. II Samuel 3:39; on the addendum, if you take delight in gossips, meddle in people affairs, fear God, put away the froward mouth, cf. Proverbs 4:24; for, Jesus Christ redeemed you, gave you the freedom to enjoy life, live peaceably with others, do not turn again to the weaker and beggarly elements, desiring to be under the bondage of waywardness.
Beloved, rather, pray for yourself and others, read the scriptures every day, love your neighbor as yourself; by doing so, you grow, mature and become powerful in the spirit, to discern the ways of evil works, not just that, but also, you become an instrument for his good works, touching others with godly attributes. Amen and Amen!
He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 3:13. Peace and Love be unto you!
WORD OF WISDOM:
(KJV.) Proverbs 28:18 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.