We Have the Right to Do Right
Our lesson today was written by a good friend and fellow gospel preacher, Dwight Butler. His excellent article has been copied below for your consideration, other than a few minor points I have expanded upon.

We have no right to do what we like, but only what is right. Man, through the history of the world, has chosen a destructive path in life by following selfish desires. Adam and Eve complied with the solicitation of the flesh in the Garden of Eden. That decision continues to curse their descendants to this day (not through inherited guilt but through the consequences of their behavior). Why did they choose what they liked rather than what was right?

When man is left to his "likes," he will soon be consumed by his selfishness. In other words, he will become a slave of sin (cf. Rom. 3:17). It is not in man to "direct his own steps" (Jer. 10:23). Man must seek the answer from outside himself for what is right. God has provided a means for determining that which leads to a righteous life. His word is a lamp to one's feet and a light to one's path (cf. Psa. 119:105), and it leads to life. However, those following their "likes" will not like what they ultimately receive. A "thus says the Lord" eliminates uncertainty. You may be thrilled over something that is not right. The penal system houses multitudes that liked what they were doing, but their deeds were not deemed right by society. They didn't have the law backing their behavior. Those who liked their lifestyle will be among the occupants of hell. Heaven, on the other hand, is reserved for the ones approved as right by the word of God.

People can approve anything if their only standard is their "likes" and "dislikes." The final judgment, rendered by Christ Himself, however, will not be based on what appealed to you during your earthly journey. The Bible, God's standard of right, will be opened. John 12:48 - "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day." It is a wise choice to know what the Scriptures teach. Study God's word daily, attend Bible classes as often as possible, and use every opportunity to learn the right way. Don't base your life on what you like but upon what God says is right. If you are a Christian, you must remember that when you were "set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness" (Rom. 6:18). We have the right to do right, and may we not grow weary (cf. Gal. 6:9).