Always work to do the right thing, not just the thing that feels good, although sometimes the two things align.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
Too often, many people feel that when they do what is right and it doesn’t feel good, they struggle with the notion that the good wasn’t truly good because they didn’t experience a positive feeling afterward. They were looking for a feeling, not for what is right.
Good Friday is called “good” because our Lord and Savior paid the price for the world’s sins by being crucified on the cross in our place. This act was right and beneficial for us, but it didn’t feel good for our Lord and Savior. Nevertheless, Jesus fulfilled what our Father required to redeem us, anticipating the joy and goodness that would follow from doing what is right.
It’s important for us to understand that in the long run, when we prioritize doing what is right, even if it causes pain due to others’ reactions, it might not “feel good,” but there will ultimately be joy when everything is said and done (Revelation 21).
To state the obvious, after what has been said, if you are not going by your feelings when doing what is right, be sure not to withhold what is right because of other people’s feelings. Don’t refrain from doing what is right because you are concerned it might hurt someone’s “feelings.” By speaking the truth in love, we will grow in all things.
We are entering a season in America where what is right quite often will not feel good, but it is right, and we should speak out and stand for it because it’s right.