TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, June 03, 2020:
The rules of right conduct; distinguishing between right and wrong based on ethical grounds and not on legal; ethics; standards.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit (motives).
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
God is the source of morality. In His Word he has given us His standard for morals. As a result of our sinful nature man likes to do what he wants to do. We can rationalize that almost anything is “OK” and then proceed in doing it and feeling that it is then all right and justified.
The writer of Proverbs in the verses above tells us that the way man sees it is, “every way of a man is right in his own eyes.” and “all the ways of man are pure in his own eyes.” The writer tells us that God sees it differently. God sets the standards of what is right and He will judge if what we do is right. We can be certain that if our way does not measure up to God’s moral standard, as given in His Word, that our way is not right. Man can be self deceived but God determines man’s real motives and whether they are moral or not.
We are living in a world where people live for their own self interests and could care less about their morals if they stand in the way of what they want to do. They prefer to be popular with the world than to be right with God. Integrity seems to be more and more lacking in the lives of people.
There is a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln that we read recently, that we would like to share with you. As you read this compare it to what we seem to read and hear about our friends, neighbors and leaders.
“My desire is to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall have at least one friend left, the friend deep down inside of me. I do the very best I know how; the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing that until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong then a legion of angels swearing that I was right will make no difference.”
Abraham Lincoln was willing to do the right thing no matter what the cost, even if it meant he lost every one of his friends. He left us a heritage to build upon and as a people we are departing from that heritage. He always trusted God for the wisdom that God alone could give to make the correct moral decisions in life.
One of the big issues of his day was slavery. In the eyes of many, slavery was all right. Abraham Lincoln recognized that in the eyes of God it was wrong and must be abolished.
An army officer recently told of his first night in a tent on the battlefield. Most of the troops were swearing and telling filthy stories. Finally, the officer spoke and said to all in the tent; “I have heard your rough talk but now I am going to talk to God. Out of respect to Him I ask you all to please be quiet.” The place grew quiet; the officer prayed alone and never again had to contend with immoral talk.
We share these stories and quotes with you to encourage you to stand firm in honoring God in all you do. Take a look at your morals and see if they measure up to God’s standards.
Before engaging in sinful acts of immorality, consider how you would feel if Jesus appeared on the scene at that moment. We may not see Him but be assured our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ sees and knows everything we do, everything we do, everything we say or even think.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalms 28:6.
Praise the Lord! He has heard my prayer for mercy.
We are grateful for the heritage that Abraham Lincoln left us in that we are to do the right thing at all times no matter what the cost is. Thank You for giving us Your Word, the Bible, so that we have a guidebook to show us the difference between right and wrong.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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