Proverbs 11 9-11-18

Being like God means being good: upright in character, choosing God’s way over our own selfish desires. A lofty goal!

[1] The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight. Cheating is actually stealing; it reveals a selfish heart, which is not good!

[2] When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. The root of our selfishness is pride. We think that we are equal to God and we can choose our own way. And we can–for a while…

[3] The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Integrity is who we are when it’s just us and God. Do we really want to be like Him? If so, then the fruit of goodness (Gal. 5:22-23) will grow in our lives:

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Concerning Goodness:

We add to our faith goodness first (v5) because it is the very fiber of God. He called us out of His glory–His greatness and His power–but also by His goodness, which is His character. God is good, therefore, we learn to be good, too.

Goodness: right thinking, moral excellence, having godly goals, the mindset of thinking and acting like God, who always hopes for the best for and from people, and helps them when the worst happens–or when they are at their worst.

God is always for us; even His discipline is designed to mold us into His image. God is good, therefore, we add goodness to our faith.

Let’s be like God today and work on our goodness. I’m sure the Holy Spirit will reveal many opportunities for us to practice!

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