Doing Good or Doing Right

I pray to You, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if You are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you to help and lift my hands toward Your Holy Sanctuary…Praise the Lord! For You have heard my cry for mercy. You are my strength and shield. I trust You with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives His people strength. He is a safe fortress for His anointed king. Save Your People! Bless Israel, Your special possession. Lead them like a Shepherd, and carry them in Your arms forever. [Psalm 28:1-2 and 6-9, NLT] 

Holy Spirit Your word says: “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, it is sin. Then Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?’” [James 4:17; Luke 6:9] The Pharisees were testing Jesus on the merit of their idea of the law, to see if he would do what was “right” in their eyes, to their justification, not necessarily God’s. Christ turned that notion on its ear. Help me to be so busy doing good that I will not have to worry about sinning, doing wrong, or hiding behind what is “right”. I understand that sin is a willful act against God and His principles. Choosing to do wrong. I also know God can look at our hearts and separate mistakes from sin. I would rather be so focused on doing what Your Spirit tells me to do that is good than worry about the legalism of man that tries to dictate what is right.  

Holy Spirit help me to do good and to have a heart that wants to serve You fully. Let my life be measured by how much good I accomplished instead of how right or wrong I was. Let me be active in doing all that I can until I die away from this world.  

But you, man [or woman] of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 1Timothy 6:11-16