Ethics 101

Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
when they have done you no harm.
Proverbs 3:29-30

One of the benefits of having the wisdom that comes from above is that decisions can be made in light of a clear and well-defined ethics. The advantage of this is that as human beings we find it very easy to rationalize any decision we make be it good or bad. In everything we do we find a justification and Presto! our bad decisions cease to bother our conscience. That’s why so many people have trouble recognizing that they have sinned when confronted by the reality of the gospel of Christ. Our ability to find a loophole to any idea or thought that involves submission or obedience to an ethical or legal principle is huge, especially now that postmodernism has opened the doors wide open to ambiguity. We know that defrauding your neighbor is a highly questionable behavior but when we do, we can easily find plenty of reasons to give legitimacy to our bad actions.

The difference between wisdom from above and earthly wisdom is so obvious. The first seeks to do the right thing while the second does what she wants, no matter if it’s good or bad and then justifies it. The wisdom from above allows the possessor to walk in the fear of God. Reverence, that is respect and obedience to God is the foundation of the fear of God and is the basis of knowledge and heavenly wisdom. Let us recognize the limitations that as humans we have to make good decisions and let us act according to the direction we can receive directly from God through his Word. Only then can we be sure we are doing the right thing.To God alone be the glory!


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