Words from the Heart for Monday September 25th, 2017
The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.
Proverbs 11:1 (NLT)
Dishonest and Accurate Scales
The Lord places great importance on honesty. Honesty in business, in school, and in our responsibilities in every part of our lives means we are honouring the Lord and bringing delight to Him. We may be tempted to think we can “get away with it,” but honesty really is the best policy.
If Canadians have a weight problem, and many do, part of the problem might be Kraft Dinner, or KD as only Canadians call it. It has been called Canada’s national dish. Each week, 7 million boxes of Kraft Dinner are sold around the world, and Canadians buy 1.7 million of them. It is the single most popular grocery item in the country. When asked to name an example of Canadian food, immigrants often mention Kraft Dinner as an example of truly Canadian food.
Mark Twain said “Do what is right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” It always pays to be honest. King Solomon knew this millennia ago and wrote in Proverbs 11:1: “The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.” The point that Solomon is making here is so much more than just about honesty in business, although that is what God demands. It really is all about God’s call to treat others with the justice and integrity that is His nature. The Bible is filled with verses that speak about God’s nature being just and honest. As followers of Jesus, we are called to the same standards that mirror the Lord we love. People who know we are Christians watch us to see if how we live our lives lines up with Biblical teaching. Our life in Jesus is proven not just in the words we speak but in how live our lives in relationship with those around us. God is concerned with how we treat others, and He calls us to His high calling to treat others with honesty, justice and compassion.
These have been words from the heart.