"Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head..."
How much easier would it be to simply follow the path of the wicked? It would seem to be so much more simple - no rules or boundaries, really. Yet there isn't peace in chaos. That's what life is in the midst of the wicked: chaos. Simply put, there is nothing to be desired there except for having our own way. But that's not worth being desired either. It doesn't satisfy. No matter how appealing the path of destruction is, it can never give you what you need most: Life.
Having life is a choice we all make. Every decision is an opportunity to choose it, and with it comes peace. Joy. Love. Yes, the way of the wayward may seem "less restictive", in a sense, but it restricts you from having what you need most. So instead of longingly looking over your shoulder to the path others are perishing on, turn your gaze to look squarely in the face of Jesus. Then you will find all you need for life and godliness. In Him, that is. He alone can give true life. Nothing else can stand like that ... it all fades away. Though the way of the wicked seems easy, the hard way is what brings sarisfacion.
In Psalms 141:5 David speaks of how being smitten by the righteous is a kindness, and reproof by the same is as an excellent oil. These things are not easy, yet they are part of the process to form His life in us. I recently had to make a decision that had been set before me by the Holy Spirit. One choice seemed easy: I could continue on in what I was doing and live according to my Flesh (because if I continued on doing what I knew was wrong I would be sinning... willfully). The second choice I knew was the path I ought to take. It was hard. I could stop what I was doing, possibly looking strange and crazy.
Knowing what is right is not enough. I could've so easily slipped onto the path that does not lead to life, because I was listening to my Flesh and my feelings. Yet I am a Christian. That is not how a Christian lives. So knowing what the right thing to do is not enough, because if you don't have Christ's life manifested in you it would be the same as knowing water exists yet never drinking it. You have to be yielded to the Holy Spirit to live out his life. He's the life in the new creation.
So, I looked at one option, I looked at the other. I could so easily hide in my sin and enjoy it-- for a short time, if even that. But I can't do that. That's not part of who I am now. I will never find satisfaction in my sin. Still scared of what the outcome could be, I stepped out in faith, because even when the way seems hard it leads to life. And I have a peace in my heart about it all. The reproof of the righteous is becoming a kindness to me, because it makes me look more like Jesus. Even when it seems hard -is hard- rest assured that this is the way to life.