There are a lot of things I can do but will not do. In other words, there are many things I can do but only some of them that I will choose to do.
I can do just about anything the worse criminal has done because I am just as capable as him in committing crimes. But, the criminal is in jail and I’m not. Because, he not only could but chose or willed to commit crimes, while I chose and willed not to.
I am given a free will by God, my Creator. Free will is also referred to as the power of choice and the power of self-determination.
Therefore, I have the power to personally choose what I will do of the many things I can do, and what I will become of all the things I can become.
There are many things I can do but will not do because choosing to actually do them would result in my experiencing the bad consequences that are sure to follow. In this manner, I am making those choices that will make my future bright.
There are things I can do but will not do because of the bad consequences. There are things I can do, love and experience, but I will not because I should not. I could but I shouldn’t.
I shouldn’t do those things that God commands me in His Word (KJV) not to do. I can do them. I’m capable of doing them, or God would not command me not to do them.
What I can do but shouldn’t do, I will not do, if I would do the will of God.
It is doing those things I can do that God would have me do and not doing those things I can do but shouldn’t do that honors God.
Sometimes, that which I can do but shouldn’t do, I will do. And, that which I can do and should do I will not do.
Paul said, “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. . . . I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me” (Rom. 7: 19, 21).
And that is the Christian’s struggle between the old man and the new man. But, victory over the old man is through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8: 13, 14).
James H. Cagle is a resident of Ray City.