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Biblical Character Development -- Decisiveness (Part 2)

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In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life, starting with the quality of decisiveness from "The Power for True Success" by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Decisiveness is choosing to do what is right based on accurate facts, wise counsel, and clearly defined goals.

--- Definition

To have the confidence that our decisions are wise and correct, we must seek out wise counsel, obtaining it as inexpensively as possible. Others have paid a high price for it through wrong decisions. They will usually give us the benefit of their experiences if we simply ask. They then gain some redemptive value for the pain and loss due to past mistakes.

Proverbs 12:15 says, "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise."

Proverbs 15:22 says, "Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established."

Proverbs 19:20 says, "Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise
in thy latter end."

Proverbs 11:14 says, "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."

Wise decision-making must be based on God's will, not on our own natural inclinations, because "there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Therefore, God warns, "He that trusteth in  his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."

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