When making a critical decision, how often have you acted on the motto of, “If it feels good, then do it,” and then the results didn’t turn out good at all?
It happens too often. People think they are making a good decision because it “feels good,” to them, and then later learn that their decision was not a good choice.
Unwanted pregnancies out of wedlock, financial decisions based on greed, gluttony, uncontrolled temper, are a few examples of the human mind acting out what “felt good” at the time, only to learn the opposite later.
The important lesson to gain from these experiences is to learn what good really is.
Good is not a sensual pleasure. It’s never the effect of acting on lust, greed, selfish want, or anger. Good is God, the substance of Spirit, and is found in an understanding of spiritual truth. It is felt in spiritual inspiration, not in physical sensation.
The “good” of the human mind, if defined sensually, can be “bad” from a spiritual point of view.
For instance, if one is surveying a banquet of desserts, and an inner craving for sweets argues, “It would feel good to eat a slice of pie, a piece of cake, and a few cookies all at once,” one’s definition of “good,” may be in question. Is it really “good” to consume an inordinate amount of sweets, when a single serving would be enough? And does one genuinely feel “good” after consuming too many sweets? Probably not. The mind’s definition of good, in this instance, is largely sensual, not spiritual, and the effect will not be good in the long run.
Or, if one is harboring resentment toward another person, and decides that it would feel good to release their anger by yelling at that person and telling them how awful they are, is this really “good”? Probably not. It usually leads to further anger and hostility.
Any action motivated by a mortal impulse or sensual want is going to lead to further suffering at some point. Every action motivated by a genuine love of God and desire for spiritual good, will lead to good results.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “This conviction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, is one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science. Arouse the sinner to this new and true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure, and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and increases his ability to master evil and to love good” (Science and Health, p. 404).
Be clear on what good is, and you’ll make sound decisions that lead to good results.