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Faithfulness, forgiveness

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A lady walks into a drug store and tells the pharmacist she needs some cyanide. The pharmacist said, “Why in the world do you need cyanide?” The lady then explained she needed it to poison her husband. The pharmacist’s eyes got big and he said, “Lord, have mercy. I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband! That’s against the law! They’ll throw both of us in jail and I’ll lose my license.”
Then the lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband caught cheating with the pharmacist’s wife and handed it to the pharmacist.  The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, “Well now, you didn’t tell me you had a prescription.”
We tend to know right from wrong but when our emotions get involved that line tends to get blurred. We then look for ways to justify our sinful actions because we were hurt or scorned.  But if something is wrong, then it is wrong whether we want it to be or not.  If it is the right thing to do, then it is right for me to do whether I feel like it or not.  Take for example forgiveness.  Forgiveness is a lofty idea that sounds great and wonderful…until it is you who needs to forgive somebody. When somebody hurts us then we say, “no one has ever been hurt like me!  I can’t forgive that slime ball for what he did!”  But when Jesus said for us to forgive, He didn’t put any stipulations on it.  It is hard, but it is what we are called to do.

Same goes for doing the right thing. What if you are at your job and your boss asks you to fudge the numbers. You know it is wrong and you can justify your behavior by saying that you could lose your job if you don’t go along with it.  But right is right and wrong is wrong.  

When making decisions, remember to filter everything through who you are in Christ.  Your faith is not simply a convenient tool to use when you feel like it, but it is the essence of who you are and everything about you.  So for every reaction and response you have, do your best to remember who you belong to, the price He paid for you, what He has saved you from, and what He is doing in you right now.  Is this easy?  Of course not!  But who ever said this Christian thing was going to be easy?   
(Barry Robinson is the pastor of Williamstown United Methodist Church. He can be reached at brobinson@williamstownumc.com or call 859-823-5171.)