“Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.” (Pro 20:17)

There is always a temptation to take the easy path. Often the easy answer has some inherent shortcuts or shortcomings. We can often justify this behavior by telling ourselves, “They will never know” or “It won’t hurt anyone.”

In the short term, it may even garner a good result. You may well get the quick win or the instant gratification. However, the Scripture here is very clear: in the longer term, there is always a price to pay for dishonesty or fraud.

Fraud doesn’t have to be grand larceny; just some deception will be enough to meet the definition. A “mouth full of gravel” doesn’t sound like an insignificant consequence ether. God’s Word is to protect us, not to spoil the party.

Quick Prayer: Keep me strictly honest in all my dealings. Amen.