Consequences Of Neglect

In this article we want to look at some consequences of being neglectful, not only in the physical realm, but in the spiritual realm as well. Let us first look at the definition of the word neglect: “To fail to carry out an expected or required action through carelessness or by intention. The state of being lax, inattentive, or indifferent.

It is normally expected that an individual who assumes a responsibility is able to fulfill it. In today’s world, this is not the case. Every day we hear of cases of neglect that prove this isn’t true. Numerous social problems occur as a result of incompetence and negligence; i.e., (1) medical doctors being sued for malpractice; (2) nursing homes being sued for not taking proper care of the elderly; (3) parents not taking care of their children (mental or physical abuse); (4) auto mechanics charging for parts that have not been replaced or using old parts and charging the customer the same price for a new part; (5) spiritual neglect (Jeremiah 48:10; cf. 1 Samuel 15:3,9; 1 Kings 20:42).

Whatever we attempt to do, we must do it with all of our being (Ecclesiastes 9:10). When we accept a responsibility (especially in the Lord’s Kingdom), we must see it to completion and “not look back” as Christ stated in Luke 9:62. Our neglectful attitude will cause us to be “cast out” (Matthew 25:14-30). The Bible forbids slothfulness (Hebrews 6:12) and negligence (2 Chronicles 29:11). In Matthew 18:16-17, we read if your brother will not hear you (due to neglect) after explaining to him what his trespass is, you are to tell the matter before the church and “if he neglects to hear the church, let him be as a heathen man and a publican.

Here are five consequences of neglect, along with some reasons for negligence, and ways to overcome negligence.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets