I just read a post by a friend who put a quote by Winston Churchill. It stirred a thought about the term he used “reaction and decision.” I have always believed that becoming a Christian is a profession of faith in Jesus and the work He did at the cross and the resurrection from the grave. When we believe we are placed in Him immediately. We are saved and secure in Christ. But becoming a Christian that is a light, a witness, salt, a disciple, productive, a fruit-bearer and maybe many other profitable things to the Lord, we have to practice being a Christian. What has happened on the inside should be exhibited on the outside. But what is practiced on the outside will support what has happened on the inside. What we practice we become. Who we are is the result of decisions and practices.
Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”
Hate is a reaction. Love is a decision.
Failing is a reaction. Winning is a decision.
Pride is a reaction. Humility is a decision.
Worry is a reaction. Peace is a decision.
Unbelief is a reaction. Faith is a decision.
Sadness is a reaction! Joy is a decision.
Impatience is a reaction. Patience is a decision.
Rudeness is a reaction. Kindness is a decision.
Being stingy and selfish is a reaction. Goodness is a decision.
Slothfulness is a reaction. Faithfulness is a decision.
Harshness is a reaction. Gentleness is a decision.
Indulgence is a reaction. Self-control is a decision.
Galatians 5:22 (ESV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:24 (ESV) And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.