Those who plan evil go down the wrong path. But those who plan good find love and truth.
Proverbs 14:22 (NIRV)
I don’t often plan to do evil, but sometimes I slip into it.
Like when the small internal voice says “They won’t notice if you take just a little.” as I splash milk into my coffee from someone’s pint in the shared fridge. Checking that no one’s looking proves I’m aware of my offense. I taste a hint of guilt in my first sip but by the second sip I’m in the clear. It’s not a big deal. I needed it.
Is this stealing? You might say no, but my conscience says yes. By definition, taking another person’s property without permission is stealing.
Did I plan to steal? Of course not! Then again, my quick check for witnesses betrays my plan to be quick and just take a little (of what wasn’t mine). So yes, I planned it. My stealing was not accidental.
Is this evil? Not really, but thieves start with CVS candy, not the Bank of America. My quick splash was an offense against a fellow student. It was wrong. Unchecked, it could lead to regularly assuming someone will have milk. After all, isn’t a pint stored in the shared fridge available for use?
Suddenly I’m just using milk, not someone’s personal property. It doesn’t feel like an offense and yet I am planning to do wrong. We might not call this evil, but in God’s eyes wrong is wrong. We all fall short.
Fortunately, the proverb follows the warning with the goal: Plan good to find love and truth. Plan good, my friends, plan good.
Does your small internal voice warn you to stop?
When have you ignored the voice and done something you knew was wrong?
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