We justify our actions by appearances; GOD examines our motives. Clean living before God and justice with our neighbors mean far more to GOD than religious performance. Arrogance and pride—distinguishing marks in the wicked— are just plain sin.
Proverbs 21:2-4 MSG
Happy Friday! It’s a great day to spread God’s love.
Have you ever considered your actions as a way to spread God’s love? If you accidentally walked out of the store without paying for a pack of gum, would you go back? If the cashier gave you back too much money would you go back? Would you consider living with your partner rather than getting married to avoid paying taxes? Do you look for ways to cheat or get around laws, to receive undeserved benefits because you feel you deserve them more than others? Do you drive a brand new SUV and receive government subsidies for food, housing and other living expenses? What are your motives behind your actions?
Your actions speak loudly about who you are, and they affect others. For example, the cashier who gave you too much money back may have lost a family member today and now could lose her job because of the mistake she made. It was her mistake, but do the right thing. Whenever we mistakenly or purposely steal items in the store, the prices go up for everyone. The store has to cover the loss, and sometimes stores close because of their inability to absorb losses. Don’t do it on purpose, and if by mistake you walk out with something, go back. Your actions will let others know what type of person you are. One day it might matter if you are falsely accused. Someone will remember your honesty. Plus, you will be able to sleep well at night and feel good when you stand before God.
Finally, if you are a person who cheats the government or works the system for a better lifestyle with little to no effort, know that someone is paying for your actions and someone who needs the assistance may not be able to receive what they need due to your greed. Nothing is free. Proverbs 6:6 says “[g]o to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise”. Proverbs 14:23 tells us that “[i]n all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads to poverty”. God expects us to work hard and prepare for the future. Nothing is gained by cheating the system. Someone else is carrying your load. We are also supposed to take care of people who need assistance. So, remember to help those who need help. Your motives say it all. When we live with clean motives, have faith in the Lord, and work hard, our lives will be far better now and when we see God.
Having said all of this, please know that you should not compare yourself to others. Live your life as an example and leave the rest to God.
Have a great day. Spread God’s love through clean living! God bless you.