“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
How important is the truth?
In the pressure cooker business lives we lead, shortcuts and ‘white lies’ are often deemed expedient, or at least understandable.
So how important is the truth really? Jesus described Himself as the truth—the physical manifestation of truth, the ultimate in all truth. That is how we should value the truth.
We are called to a different standard where we will honor the truth in deed and in the person of Jesus.
When we speak the truth, we honor God. He is the personification of all truth.
Quick Prayer: You are the Truth, Jesus. Amen
“Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done.” (Joshua 7:20)
Guilt is a terrible burden.
Fear of consequences can be all consuming.
There is something cleansing, right, and proper about owning up and facing the consequences of receiving forgiveness.
God will always forgive even when we can’t forgive ourselves. His forgiveness knows no bounds.
There is nothing you have done, are doing, or will do that is beyond the forgiveness of God. He has already provided for all the forgiveness you will need.
While men may not forgive, God will always, always forgive.
Put your confidence in Him, and let Him deal with the consequences.
Your conscience will be clean, and God will deal with what happens. You may well pay a human price, but your heart will be free.
“When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.” (Neh 10:31)
We sometimes forget that our economy is not necessarily built on godly principles. While I truly believe that the democratic free-market capitalist system is as good as it gets, there are certain godly principles that are not inherent in the way we do commerce.
In the ancient world, there was a seven-year cycle of forgiving debts. What a wonderful demonstration of forgiveness and grace and mercy. What an acknowledgment that all belongs to God.
We have been forgiven much. Let’s not forget where we were when God found us. We who have received mercy should be merciful.
Quick Prayer: Help me to be merciful with those who owe me money. Amen.
“Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:42)
Those of us who know God are a privileged few. We are sinners saved by grace. Our sin has been washed away. We are clean, redeemed, and sanctified. We have the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Those who have been forgiven much will love much. We have been forgiven so much. How can we even begin to understand the depth of forgiveness that has been given to us who deserve no forgiveness?
How much more should we forgive those around us who sin against us?
Quick Prayer: Help me to forgive as You have forgiven me. Amen.
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)
Bless those who curse me—are you kidding? Seek out those who hate me and bless them—are you insane? Repaying evil with good seems to not make any sense, but God’s ways are not our ways. He has a better view. If we have given our lives to Him, we need to trust Him and do it His way.
We have a choice when our human logic and His Word seem to collide. Often there is an almost paradoxical set of options. He does know better than us, so trust Him to have the answer and follow His ways, and the way becomes clearer.
It is not easy. It is a narrow path, but it is a higher way—a true way.
Quick Prayer. “Sometimes you just don’t make sense, help me to trust you and do it your way.” Amen
“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15)
Lets put aside the obvious stuff. What about downloading illegal music? Taking home stationary? Milking expenses? Declaring all taxes due, no shortcuts.
Then what about time, time with God taken by other things? If we wanted to think a little deeper we would all be challenged by areas of stealing. Will you take the time to allow God to show you your heart. You may be surprised.
Do we steal His resources and His time? We are only stewards after all. Are we sowing what He’s asking us to sow and only consuming that which is set apart to bless us?
God’s measure is absolute. Fortunately so His is grace mercy and forgiveness. Make any corrections you need to make and move on.
Quick Prayer. “Enlighten my mind to where I have robbed you or others Lord.” Amen
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luk 6:35)
I do struggle with God’s logic sometimes. Here again we are called to walk in a way that on the surface is just plain crazy. Why would you do good to your enemies? Lending to someone who hates you just lacks plain common sense.
Yet it is God who says this is the best and wisest way, so who are we to argue with our Creator? He works on the heart of man in strange and mysterious ways. When we walk in forgiveness and mercy, we see God’s hand at work in our own lives. When we do things His way, we are freed from the dark places in our own souls.
God treats the Godly and ungodly with kindness, and so should we.
Quick Prayer: Keep me crazy, Jesus. Amen.
“Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (Mat 5:24)
At work we have ample opportunity to have disagreements, arguments, and conflict. What is our priority in God’s view between making an offering to Him in giving or reconciliation with those we have crossed at work?
We are encouraged to first get our relationships straightened out and then come before God. Why is that? First, God is more into people than receiving an offering; they are much higher in His priorities. Second, He is more interested in our heart than our gift. When we seek restoration and reconciliation, we are moved to oppose pride, ego, and unhealthy attitudes. We are changed as we choose God’s way over our way.
Third, when we come to God with a clear conscience, we are much more likely to commune with Him and receive in faith what He has for us.
Quick Prayer: Bring to mind those with whom I need to be reconciled, and give me the strength and wisdom to act. Amen.