As Christians, we are called to be responsible for our actions and the consequences that come with them. Our deeds impact our lives and the people around us more than we might think. We find multiple instances in the Bible where we are reminded of our responsibility towards even our thoughts, words, and life-dominating actions. Today, we will dive deeper into what the Bible tells us about our responsibility towards our deeds.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 emphasizes that God holds every action, word, and thought accountable. It reminds us that our deeds will be judged, and everything will ultimately be assessed. Our free will gives us the power to choose right and wrong, and our deeds decide our fate. Ezekiel 18:2-20 explains that God does not judge us by our parents' actions or history. Instead, we are judged individually, and our deeds make us accountable for our sins. We cannot use our past or genetic makeup to excuse our actions.
Matthew 12:35-37 teaches us that our words hold power. The words we speak reflect the state of our hearts, and they will be brought to account on Judgment Day. Similarly, Romans 2:1-11 reminds us that our deeds do not go unnoticed. We are responsible for them and will be judged according to our deeds. According to I Corinthians 3:8, even our service to the church will be weighed, and those who have been built with unrighteous behavior will be punished.
The Bible teaches us that we become slaves to whatever controls us. The life-dominating or addictive actions take away our free will and subject us to slavery. Romans 6:16-18 and II Peter 2:19b show that indulging in such acts gives us the power to sin and become its slave. We must remember that we are called to live a life of freedom and have control over our thoughts, words, and actions.
In conclusion, our deeds reflect the state of our souls, and we will be held accountable for them. We must remember that we cannot blame our genetics, upbringing, or addictive behaviors for our actions. While God is merciful and forgiving, we are responsible for our deeds and their consequences. Our willingness to follow God's will and resist the temptation to indulge in sinful behavior is a testament to our true nature and character. Let us make a conscious effort to make the right choices and be responsible for our deeds.