Proverbs 11 7-11-18

Situational ethics should never be a problem for Christians. We are either honest or we are not. One is like Christ; the other isn’t. If we don’t know what to do, we ask Him!

Proverbs 11:1 The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

Integrity is who we are when we are alone–when no one is looking. We know that Christ lives inside His children, and therefore we are NEVER alone. For those who don’t know Him, we have this verse:

Proverbs 15:11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD— how much more do human hearts!

So, even with no Christ inside of them, their hearts are still open to God. How much MORE should we take into consideration what the writer of Hebrews was inspired to write:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.[13] Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? “Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God” comes to mind (a famous sermon by Jonathan Edwards in 1741). Aren’t we glad that the next few verses were written, as well:

Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. [15] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. [16] Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Our call to honesty is based on our faith that Jesus will supply our every NEED according to His riches in glory (Phil. 4:19). Even to the point of death, we have faith that God is in control of our lives. What we tend to forget is that His ultimate goal for all of His children is for us to be with Him–and He is in heaven! He is much more interested in our character than our physical comfort in this world. In fact, He would have us trade our comfort for character every time! Hence, the instruction by our Lord:

Matthew 5:38-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ [39] But I tell you, do not resist an evil person [specifically, the Roman occupation; generally, any adversary. The concept is to win them through love]. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. [40] And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. [41] If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. [42] Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

[43] “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. [44] But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you [45] that you may be children of [just like] your Father in heaven.

What we have to determine is if our rights and our stuff are more important to us than allowing God to use us as His instruments to reach the lost. Sinners act like sinners. Only through a person’s death, burial, and resurrection to “walk in newness in Christ (Romans 6:3-4)” can a person’s character be transformed. We must determine today–every day–to allow Christ to transform us into His image with His character and His desires. What does He desire? For all men to come to a saving knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

Let’s be about the Father’s business today. Let’s allow Him to build in us His character and to use us as His instruments of peace.

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