Have you noticed immorality is trying to replace common decency? What used to be reprehensible is now opened for negotiation. Kindness, integrity, and goodwill regarding man should never have to compete for its honorable stance. Your “bus” doesn’t have to follow the world down every ruthless path. By setting ethical boundaries, you are letting everyone know: Sorry, can’t take that trip; not on my route.
My bus stops here!
A good measuring rod to determine if you have crossed any ethical borders is to ask yourself: Am I treating people the way I would want to be treated? (Luke 6:31) If you wouldn’t want to be treated or your loved ones treated in such a manner, then ask: Why am I doing this? Is it because I place money and position over people? (Mark 8:34-37) Is it out of hatred? (Mark 12: 30-31) Do I feel threatened and must defend my bearings? (Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6)
Drive your own bus!
The good news is God has given us free will—attached to a conscience that tells us right from wrong. He has also given us the faith to stand up for what is right. My mother used to tell my sister and me to never give our minds to anybody; think for yourself. Don’t follow the crowd. If you see a bunch of people going one way, you go the opposite.
We will all have to give an account for our behavior, especially how we treated one another. Perhaps that’s why God made us all different. Can we get along in spite of those differences? This test is not easy, however, it’s one that we must pass in order to please God! Therefore, whenever we find ourselves journeying down a cruel-treacherous road, we need to reroute.
Is your spirit sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s directions?
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.
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