Proverbs 4 says the ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—travelers can't see a thing; they fall flat on their faces (see vv. 18-19). In 1966 Dr. Joseph Fletcher published a book which became a best seller. It was called Situation Ethics. In it he said love was the only standard for determining right from wrong. The result was ethical chaos. Why? Because it allowed us to set our own standards, which changed from situation to situation. And to make matters worse, it's our natural inclination to go easy on ourselves, judging ourselves according to our intentions, while holding others to a higher standard and judging them based on their actions. For example, someone who cheats on his taxes or steals office supplies still expects honesty from the company whose stock he buys and the business clients he deals with. That's what's known as the double standard. It's easy to get disgusted with people who fail the ethics test—especially when they've wronged us. But it's a lot harder to make ethical choices in our own lives. Understand this: When you operate on the edge of honesty, you invariably go over that edge! It may be possible to fool people for a season, but your deeds always catch up with you. Just as someone may appear to profit temporarily from dishonesty, being truthful may sometimes look like a losing proposition. But both your pleasure and profit will be short-lived, because ulti-mately we'll all stand in judgment before God—and how will you look then?
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
When we accepted Christ, our sinful nature was crucified upon the cross and Christ became our life. Our life here on earth has changed; we no longer have sinful goals. Instead, we desire to further the kingdom of Christ.
My Prayer: I praise You, Lord, for the awesome God that You are! Thank You for Your wonderful salvation! Continue to change my heart and make me more like You.
Week #40 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 22-24
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 11-15
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 117-118
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 28
Thursday: (Prophecy) Jonah
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 3-4
Saturday: (Letters) Hebrews 5-7