The common good. It is something that effects the majority of the people in a positive manner.
As I was lying in bed nursing my cold the other morning, I began to think of how a little wrong behavior is met with more acceptance than a "big, bad sin." A little sarcasm. A bit of grumpiness. A peevish look. Those things are normal and acceptable behavior; forgivable. Who is going to judge or condemn another simply because they are having a bad day? We understand. We've been there.
Annoyance, irritation, impatience... it's all a common wrong. Everyone feels those emotions sometime or another. I only gave the person next to me a "don't even think about talking to me, I'm busy" look, I didn't steal a yacht or rob a jeweler.
"All unrighteousness is sin..." 1 John 5:17
The common wrong. It is something that effects the majority of the people in a negative manner. Though it is ordinary and usually acceptable behavior, it impacts others. We all know the old adage "misery loves company".
I may not hold a bit of untoward behavior from my neighbor against her, but I cannot be at peace with myself while I grump around either. How righteous can one feel with a frown, pout, or self-righteous attitude?
It isn't easy to smile when you feel like crying. It's harder to patiently endure than it is to become frustrated.
But if it's a conscious choice between spreading good or wrong, I'll choose the good. I may not always succeed, but I can try.
... And try again.