“Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and laws.” (Exodus 18:16)
God’s commands form the basis for settling human disputes. Every society must have a just system for settling disputes, or everyone will feel free to ignore moral limits placed on us by the rights of others.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, for a society to work properly, all must agree that the moral laws are set up for everyone and not just for some. Then the laws must be applied equally to all. Abba, we place our trust in Your judgment on all issues at all times. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“‘Dusty Bibles’ lead to dirty lives!”
“So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you, do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” (Deuteronomy 5:32-33)
Each person is free to make moral choices. Those choices should be made within the responsible boundaries of what God has declared as moral and immoral. Persons and societies outside God’s people offer choices which may entice, but such choices are not options if we trust and follow God. Ungodly society tempts God’s people when immoral sexual practices. No human logic can make it right for us to go beyond practices. No human logic can make it right for us to go beyond God’s limits in our sexual behavior.
“Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime! The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed man’s blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.” (Habakkuk 2:12, 17)
Violence and bloodshed may bring short-term results to those who impose such methods. God will ultimately reject and punish such methods.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to ea anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or o do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is he man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who had doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” (Romans 14:19-23)
Paul’s teaching here is of supreme importance as one of he building blocks for a consistent approach to Christian decisions making. Paul claimed his freedom in Christ, he still highlighted the need to be sensitive to others consciences. Our conscience may not be violated by a particular action, but such an action may be perceived as immoral by other individuals living out of another level of ethical maturity. For them moral confusion may set in. Does one live life, then, continually bending to he dictates of others’ consciences? Yes, when the motivation is to nurture others in the understanding of he kingdom of God and to bring honor to God. No, when the bending limits or alters our own sense of maturity in God. A fragile balance results, and constant vigilance to such a tension is necessary. We must avoid an attitude of condemnation and a feeling of guilt. We must seek to mature and help others mature. Above all beloved, we must seek to avoid quarrels and divisions in God’s church. Church unity is more important than any freedom.