God guides the humble in the right way (Ps 25:9). We need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us live upright and God honouring lives, and when we fail, we need to repent, ask for forgiveness and get back on the right path (1 Jn 1:9).
God clearly indicated to Cain, like our conscience does to us, that we have a choice to either do right and be blessed or do wrong and come under its power and suffer the consequences (Gen 4:7). God gives us the freewill to decide, “If you do what I command you and do what is right…” (1 Kgs 11:38).
The choice is ours, to do right or wrong
While all humanity knows in their hearts right from wrong, because of the bias towards sin, the evil route is mostly taken (Rom 2:15, 7:18). If we do what is right there is no need to try and justify wrong actions with excuses.
Without the truth and standards of the Bible, clear directions from authorities and sound personal values, compromise will cause standards to slip and chaos will result as everyone does whatever seems right in their own eyes. However, by doing things God’s right way, order and blessing will result (Jdg 17:6; Prov 3:5,6, 12:15, 14:2, 21:2). In contrast to King Saul who repeatedly failed to carry out God’s specific instructions (with judgement and penalties following), may we hear God’s voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it” and do it, otherwise we are sinning (1 Sam 13:8-13, 15:1-31; Isa 30:21; Mt 7:13,14; Jas 4:17). Don’t be tired of doing right for the Bible declares we will eventually reap (Gal 6:9,10). Don’t you want to reap a good, desirable ‘right’ crop’?
In every situation endeavour to have a right attitude, good judgement, positive actions and truthful words, knowing we are answerable in each area of life (Mt 5:28, 12:36,37, 16:27; Rom 2:16, 14:12; 2 Cor 5:10). The Bible says, “Blessed are they who constantly do what is right” (Ps 106:3).
Right thinking leads to right behavior
Although many of our desires are normal and good yet they must only be met in the right way and at the right time. Persistent sin dulls the conscience and makes us forget to do right (Amos 3:10).
The Bible’s message is do what is right in God’s sight and also in man’s (as much as possible), including standing up for the vulnerable, the poor and needy (Prov 31:8,9; 2 Cor 8:21; Jas 1:27).