Meditation

Meditation for 08/01/2019

“The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” (Deuteronomy6:2425)

Acts of obeying God in and of themselves serve to reflect our true character. Righteousness (Hebrew – tsedaqah) is the comprehensive term describing proper relationships. Living in the social order created by God’s commands brings a person in proper relationship with God and the community of God’s people.

Obedience is not a legalism carefully maintained in fear, but rather a relationship properly nurtured in trust, gratitude and love. It has often been said, that the true character of one’s self is revealed by the way they treat others who can do absolutely nothing for them in return.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, our relationship with You is revealed to others, by the way you interact with others in community. Jesus told us to minister to others in compassion and love. Abba, guide us with Your Spirit, to treat all peoples with the same respect, compassion and love, that we have received. People will respond to the kind of relationship we have with You, because it will reveal to them, the kindness that we have received already. It will attract others to want for themselves, the kind of peace and joy that we have, and they will desire it too. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Wisdom doesn’t ‘come with age’ —it ‘comes with the walk.’(Psalm27:11)

KNOWING GOD:

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. (Joshua1:7)

Following God’s guidelines for character includes acting with resolve and courage. Courage as a biblical virtue has parallels in perseverance, consistency, and forthrightness. God’s inspired Word is the source for building godly character, but you have to read it to come to understanding.

I AM:

Christian Ethics, Character: (Genesis 27:128:9)

God works His redemptive plan with humans who do not always obey Him. Rebekah and Jacob did not depend on God to provide the promised blessing (25:23). They deceived Esau and his blind father Isaac. Following cultural patterns, the patriarch’s words of blessing became family law. Jacob obtained the desired blessing through unethical means. He also gained his brother’s death-threatening anger, a violently upset father, and separation from his mother and home. The Bible realistically describes the results of unethical choices and lets the reader decide, in this instance, if the gains were worth the loss. Persons of true character do not have to bear the name deceiver (27:36)). They please God with their lives and trust Him to provide His promised blessings.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Samuel said to all Israel, ‘I have listened to everything you said to me and have set a king over you. Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right.’” (1st Samuel 12:1-3)

Personal character is not a secret. Those we associate with daily know our character. We need to hear their testimony and be ready to make necessary changes. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? You stand up and say something like, “I am willing to run because I love helping the less fortunate. If anyone has anything to say to discredit me, just say so now!”

Can you imagine the outpouring of criticism against this person? In my secular life, I used to ask people (those working for me and also others) to give me an assessment of how I am doing. Destructive criticism without specifics I always took but not seriously. However, those who offered criticism with specific instances, became a learning experience that I took seriously and gained by it. How do you handle this question about yourself and then about others?

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