PRAYING FOR OUR GOVERNMENT

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. – Romans 13:15.
I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2:1-3


INTRODUCTION
It is wrong for one to rebel or refuse to obey the government’s laws or regulations unless those laws clearly require us to violate the moral standards revealed by God. Wherever we find ourselves, we must be responsible citizens, as well as responsible Christians.
Praying for those in authority over us will also mean that we will watch them closely. If we pray diligently for our leaders, we will be functioning as God’s sentinels.


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT?


Bring up politics, and we are likely to get many opinions on topics, issues, and current situations. Turn on the news or look at social media and there are differing and sometimes heated debates over what to believe, how to vote, and who to support—even among Christians.
We are currently living in some of the most turbulent, stressful, and anxiety-filled times any of us have ever experienced. Now more than ever, people are looking for direction. Those in office are navigating situations that few of us have ever had the responsibility of carrying. The higher the tensions, the more controversy it seems there is.


WHAT CAN WE DO TO ASSIST UNITY AND SUPPORT THOSE WE ELECTED TO OFFICE?
We are called to pray for our government and nation. According to the NIV Exhaustive Concordance, variations of the word prayer is used 375 times in the Bible. When Scripture repeats itself, it is to emphasize something or remind us to do something. Prayer is one of the most important things we can do. Through prayer, we get the privilege of communing with God and seeing Him work.


In Scripture, when we are given a command, we are also given a promise. In, 1 Timothy 2:1-3 it says, “I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Essentially, by praying for our leaders, God’s word tells us that we will live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. But why is that?
First, our leaders determine how our country will run. The officials we elect directly impact how our lives function. Their reach can stretch from our religious freedoms to our taxes. When our leaders are obeying God’s will, it is easier for us to live peaceful lives. We want our government leaders to be in tune with the Lord, so that they will make the best choices for us.


Additionally, our leaders are under tremendous amounts of pressure and stress due to the responsibility they carry. Under normal circumstances, they have to manage public criticism and crises. Now with the pandemic, everything is more complicated and confusing. They need our prayers.
Scripture tells us, in Mark 12:30-31, that out of all the commandments, there are two most important. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
When we show love to our neighbors, we then reflect the love of the Lord. It is so important that Jesus, Himself, emphasizes it.
HOW SHOULD WE PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS?
How then do we pray for our leaders, and what should we pray for them?


• Pray that if they don’t already know Jesus as their personal Saviour, that they would trust Him for their salvation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
• If they are a Christian, pray for them that they will follow closely after Christ, using His discernment and wisdom to guide them in their decisions. “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.” – John 14:15-16
• Ask God to use your leaders in mighty ways for Him. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Timothy 2;1-2
• Pray that they would be strong in adversity and ready to seek wise counsel when uncertain of the right decision. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.” – Psalm 27:1-2
• Pray that they would have empathy and compassion for those who are hurting. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2
• Pray for their families and their health as you do your own family’s needs. “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1:2
• Pray for God’s will to be done through your leader. “For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37 (AMP)
CONCLUSION
Finally, remember that prayer is our way of communicating with our Creator. He is our Father, and we are His children. He hears our cries, just like we do those of our children. As a parent, when our child cries, they immediately get our attention. As flawed, imperfect humans, we want to help. How much more then will the perfect God of the universe have compassion on us? Our helplessness reminds us that we do not have control. When we acknowledge that lack of control in prayer, we open the door to see God work!
Today, will you invite God to move in the lives of your leaders, trusting Him for the outcome?
________________________________________Pray this week:
Heavenly Father, You, alone control all things. I will trust you in all areas of my life, remembering to pray for those who you have placed in leadership over me. Amen.
Source: Culled from the book ‘Issues Facing Christians Today’ by John Scott.
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SALT AND LIGHT

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?
It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people
light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to
everyone in the house.    In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see
your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16.

INTRODUCTION

Everybody is familiar with salt and light. They are found in virtually every household in the world. Jesus Himself, as a boy in the Nazareth home, must have watched His mother Mary use salt in the kitchen and light the lamps when the sun went down. He knew their practical usefulness.

WHAT JESUS EXPECTS OF US AS SALT AND LIGHT

1. Christians are fundamentally different from non-Christians, or ought to be.

Both images set the two communities apart. The world is dark, Jesus implied, but you are to be its light. The world is dark, Jesus implied, but we are to be its light.

The world is decaying, but we are to be its salt, and hinder its decay. In English idiom we might say they are as different as ‘chalk from cheese’ or ‘oil from water’; Jesus said they are as different as light from darkness, and salt from decay. This is a major theme of the whole Bible. God is calling out from the world a people for Himself, and the vocation of this people is to be ‘holy’ or ‘different’. ‘Be holy,’ He says to them again and again, ‘because I am holy.’

2. Christians must permeate non-Christian society.

Although Christians are (or should be) morally and spiritual distinct from non-Christians, they are not to be socially segregated. On the contrary, their light is to shine into the darkness, and their salt to soak into the decaying meat. The lamp does no good if it is put under a bed or a bowl, and the salt does no good if it stays in the salt cellar.

Similarly, Christians are not to remain aloof from society, where they cannot affect it, but become immersed in its life. They are to let their light shine, so that their good deeds are seen.

3. Christians must influence non-Christians society.

Before the days of refrigeration, salt was the best-known preservative. Either it was rubbed into fish and meat, or they were left to soak in it. In this way the decaying process was retarded, though not of course entirely arrested. Light is even more obviously effective; when the light is switched on, the darkness is actually dispelled. Just so, Jesus seems to have meant, Christians can hinder social decay and dispel the darkness of evil.

William Temple wrote of the ‘pervasive sweetening of life and of all human relationships by those who carry with them something of the mind of Christ’.

Our Christian habit is to bewail the world’s deteriorating standards with an air of rather self-righteous dismay. We criticize its violence, dishonesty, immorality, disregard for human life, and materialistic greed. ‘The world is going down to the drain’, we say with a shrug. But whose fault is it? Who is to blame?

Let me put it like this. If the house is dark when nightfall comes, there is no sense in blaming the house, for that is what happens when the sun goes down. The question to ask is ‘Where is the light?’ If the meat goes bad and we cannot eat it, there is no sense in blaming the meat, for that is what happens when the bacteria are left alone to breed. The question to ask is ‘Where is the salt?’ In the same vein, if society deteriorates and standards decline, till it becomes like a dark night or stinking fish, there is no sense in blaming society, for that is what happens when fallen men and women are left to themselves, and human selfishness goes unchecked. The question to ask is ‘Where is the church?’ Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing society?’ It is sheer hypocrisy on our part to raise our eyebrows, shrug our shoulders or wring our hands. The Lord Jesus told us to be the world’s salt and light. If therefore darkness and rottenness abound, it is our fault and we must accept the blame.

4. Christians must retain their Christian distinctiveness.

If salt does not retain its saltiness, it is good for nothing. If light does not retain its brightness, it becomes ineffective. So we who claim to be Christ’s followers have to fulfill two conditions if we are to do any good for Him. On the one hand we have to permeate non-Christian society, and immerse ourselves in the life of the world. On the other, while doing so, we have to avoid becoming assimilated to the world. We must retain our Christian convictions, values, standards and lifestyle.

If asked what the ‘saltiness’ and ‘brightness’ of Christian holiness are, the rest of the Sermon on the Mount gives us the answer. Jesus tells us not to be like others around us: “Do not be like them’ – Matthew 6:8a. Instead, He calls us to a greater righteousness (of the heart), a wider love (even of enemies), a deeper devotion (of children coming to their Father) and a nobler ambition (seeking first God’s rule and righteousness). It is only as we choose and follow His way, that our salt will retain its saltiness, our light will shine, we shall be His effective witness and servants, and exert a wholesome influence on society.

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POLITICS AND CHRISTIANITY

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all
people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all
godliness and holiness. — 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

INTRODUCTION
As Christian believers we are called to be light in the dark place, the salt penetrating a rotten world. James 4:17 – “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” As Edmund Burke remarked, “All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”. We Christians have a moral obligation to be involved in our world.

In Paul’s day, the form of government was an empire. Although citizens could not elect Caesar, they could pray for him. It’s hypocritical to pray for something for which we are not willing to work. If we are obligated to pray for a government in accordance with 1 Timothy 2, then we are also morally obligated to work for it.

SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE POLITICALLY INVOLVED?
Because of that constitutional separation, Christianity in the form of the institutional, organized church is constrained from formal integration with our government. But Christianity in the form an individual’s theological identification with the body of Christ can and should play a part in the political process.


Working as individuals within the political system is not contrary to our Christian faith. We
believe in the redemption of humanity, a redemption that takes place on an individual basis,
not on an institutional basis. Likewise, our political influence comes from the involvement of individuals, not institutions. In fact, any free and democratic society must be based on the strong participation of individual citizens. Without this, it devolves into an elitism or anarchy.
The vision, abilities, character, and skills of individuals are a positive and necessary force in democracy.

Jesus admonished His followers to become the light, the salt, and the yeast in society. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.   He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” – Matthew 5:13-16; 13:33) Wherever these elements are added, they transform the environment. In the same way, we penetrate and permeate political institutions with Christian values and beliefs.
It would be wise for all of us to carefully examine the warning provided by de Tocqueville. He said: “Once religion is mixed with the bitter passions of the world it cannot avoid losing

influence: The Church cannot share the temporal power of the state without being the object of a apportion of that animosity which the latter excites.”
We can have far more impact by working within a secular political organization to help our laws reflect Christian values than by separating ourselves and banding together with other believers as a “Christian Political Movement.”


Some Christians believe that being salt and yeast means being separate from the political
process. But the common denominator of every political issue is a spiritual problem. For
instance, when we deal with environmental problems, we are not only concerned with the
environment for the sake of the environment; we are also concerned with the spiritual issue of stewardship. When we talk about an unfair tax system rife with loopholes, we are talking about the spiritual issues of fairness and justice. When we consider the problem of corruption in politics, again we are talking about spiritual questions – honesty and integrity. We need to maintain a spiritual perspective on these secular issues.

Even if we are not involved by our actions or by public identification with a political party, we
still have important political roles to play. We have a responsibility to vote. Even more
important, we are instructed to pray for those in political office. “I urge, then, first of all, that
petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all
those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ” — 1Timothy 2:1-3.


We need to pray for the issues confronting our society and for hurting individuals within our
society. And we have a responsibility to reach out to minister to the poor.
Whether we choose to work directly in politics or to support it with our votes and prayers, the political process in a democratic country gives us a vital opportunity to demonstrate our love for Christ.


Christians ought to support godly principles wherever they are found. We should vote principle, not just party. What principles are worth upholding and fighting for? Godliness, justice, goodness, righteousness, life, defending the innocent, helping the poor – in other words, issues that are clearly spelt out in the Bible.
Principles translate into issues. For example, defending innocent lives is a principle, and
abortion on demand is an issue. Because of their principles, Christians will know how to react to the issues of the day.

When there is a clear-cut moral issue, Christians are obligated to become involved. On some issues, however, Christians hold the same principles but disagree over the means to put them into action. War is one of those issues. Activist says a Christian should always go to war when the government commands it. Pacifists say we should never go to war, even if the government commands it. And selectivity says we should sometimes go to war; it depends on whether or not it just a war. You will find Christians on all sides of this issue. I think they all agree with the same principle – that justice and peace should be preserved – but they disagree as to the best way to arrive there.

In spite of the fact that we won’t always agree with each other, we Christians need to get
involved in politics. If good people don’t get involved in running the government, then evil
people will. It is not going to do us any good to curse the darkness; we have to light a few
candles. Politically, the Bible is more like a library than a single book. It is difficult to come up with a black-and-white answer that fits every diverse situation. For example, some people try to apply
Jesus’ words about non-resistance (Luke 6:27-31) to every act of injustice. But in practice, I
don’t know anyone who always turns the other cheek. On the other hand, Christians should
not ignore those verses. Even though the verses might not apply to every situation, the One
who spoke them remains decisive, and Christians need to consider what he says.
If it is difficult to know what a Christian political position is, how can Christians know what their political involvement should be? There are several guidelines a Christian can follow.

  1. NOT TO BE INVOLVED IS TO BE INVOLVED. Not to take a stand is to take a stand. When
    we look back at history, we see that those who weren’t for the abolition of slavery were
    contributing to its existence. Those Catholics and Lutherans in Germany who didn’t speak up against Hitler were, in a sense, supporting him. They weren’t taking a stand when a stand was needed.
    Sometimes Christians will say they don’t want to be involved politically, but they are really
    saying they don’t care about the current political issues. Some Christians who today make
    fighting abortion their main cause once said it was sinful for Christians to be in politics. Once they thought there was no cause worthy of the risk of being tainted by politics; now they have found an issue.
  2. POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE THE PRIME ACTIVITY OF THE CHURCH. Politics does not preach the kingdom of God. Politics does not fulfil the will of God. It does not save souls. It is simply a modest act that works against selfishness and violence.
    In preaching God’s kingdom, Christians try to create a space for the presence of God in the
    world. In political involvement, Christians try to hold God’s plumb line to the world (Amos 7:7-9). We do this even though in holding the plumb line, our hands are shaky and our perspective is distorted. God has called us to be salt and light in the world, and this is our duty.
  3. LOVE GOD AND ACT REASONABLY. In deciding what stand to take, Christians should let
    their love for God by their filter. Beyond that, they should act reasonably. They won’t choose
    the right stand all the time, but that is a risk they have to take.
    Politics seeks to minimize violence. It works to assure that no one person or organization has a disproportionate amount of control. But working together for good can never be done without compromise. To compel attention and gather votes, Christians must make coalitions. To make coalitions, Christians must make compromises. When it comes to politics, no Christian is pure.


Christians need to be involved in politics, but we must remember not to confuse politics with bringing in the kingdom. The proclamation of the kingdom influences political action, but political action is not the centre of the kingdom.
ADVICE TO VOTERS BY JOHN WESLEY AS RECORDED IN HIS JOURNAL OF OCTOBER 3, 1774:

  1. Vote, without a fee or reward, but for the person, we judge most worthy.
  2. Speak no evil of the person we voted against.
  3. Take care our spirits are not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.
    Source: Culled from the book “Practical Christianity” – The Down to Earth Guide to Heavenly Living.

THE HONOUR OF VOTING: A PRIVILEGE AND A RESPONSIBILITY

Here is the king whom you have chosen and whom you have desired. — 1 Samuel 12:13


INTRODUCTION
In July 2012 I published a book together with Dr Samuel Koranteng-Pipim entitled “The
Transformed Mind”. Below is an extract from a chapter of the book because of its relevance.
Question: On the idea of Christians being light in their communities, a lot of Christians run away from politics in any form. Some don’t even want to vote, alleging that Christians should have nothing to do with politics. What do you have to say about this?


Answer: Let me, first of all, say that it is wrong to think or say that Christians should have
nothing to do with politics.
There are obligations on every Christian to be concerned about the politics of wherever you are living. It does not mean that you have to belong to a political party or run for a political office. But it does not mean that you have to fold your hands either, not concerned about what is going on politically in your state or your country. If you live there, you’d better be concerned. The Bible recognizes the state and the church. Several allusions are made to the distinctness of and the respect due to each. Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. Pray for the good of the land where you are as against just your church or your family. Respect those in authority, including state leaders. Where in the Bible are Christians warned to run away from politics in any form?


I know that politics has been dirty in some of our African countries, but that is not enough
justification to stay out of politics completely. There are so many things that can be done. I
know when a lot of Christians talk about politics; they narrow it down to just elections and
holding public office. About the latter, let me reiterate that you don’t have to campaign for
public office before you’re called to serve. I didn’t have to do so, and I held several public
offices without belonging to any political party.


About the former concern, that of elections, there are a lot of things you can still do as a
Christian, though not a party member or a candidate for any office.
During the last elections here in Ghana, the West was sceptical about the country going
through the process peacefully. There were debates in the media as regards whether Ghana could hold credible and peaceful elections or reveal another typical case of post-election violence in Africa. There’s always tension during election seasons. The more the ethnic and ideological diversities, the more the tension that surrounds elections in Africa. People get agitated and apprehensive and are not sure whether to register to vote or even to actually vote. I understand all that, but that is when Christians have a very important role to play.
Can you imagine what would happen in this country and on the continent if none who lays
claim to Christianity gets involved in opposing anything that can derail a peaceful election? Is there no longer any Isaac or Jacob or John or Paul or Peter that is listed among those who
intimidate opponents, harass innocent citizens, torture, slander, malign, steal ballot boxes, and get involved in any of those heinous electoral crimes?

Thank God He has spared Ghana from this problem; but it hurts all the same that in so many parts of Africa, peaceful and fair elections are still only a dream. I know that many Christians are afraid. But our fear should not prevent us from praying and talking to our young ones and even the old. We need to educate the people within our sphere of influence on the true obligation of every Christian to not stay aloof from issues that have to do with the governance of wherever we live. They are to be part of it in a way that honours God.

The Bible asks us to pray, and pray we must.
This year we’ll hold elections again. At this very crucial time in our political history, God
promises us the same peace that He’s blessed us with so far. ‘Though the mountains be shaken the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the LORD, Who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10). “My eyes and
My heart will always be there” (1 Kings 9:3). “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’’
(Hebrews 13:5). In addition to offering up fervent prayers for the electoral process, candidates, and the electorate as a whole, let all Christians seek for ways by which they can be on the side of everything good that will aid speaking and acting out for peaceful elections.


For the forthcoming elections, we have developed a simple document that summarizes what every resident in Ghana, citizens and visitors alike, to imbibe. Our CITIZENS MANIFESTO is simple enough to understand by various and sundry persons. It is not difficult to practice either.
The objective of this manifesto is to put in a single document our obligations, expectations, and concerns. It will work towards a common goal – that of having a peaceful, free and fair election. Christians are in the majority in Ghana, and if we all join hands together, we can achieve our goal


THE CITIZENS MANIFESTO


We the citizens of Ghana hereby agree and pledge as follows. That…

  1. We will speak and act responsibly.
  2. We will use polite, not offensive language.
  3. We will respect candidates for who they are, not hold ethnocentric/ tribalistic views or make
    such slanted negative comments about them.
  4. We will conduct ourselves peacefully, not resort to violence or to stockpile, distribute, or use
    weapons.
  5. We will objectively assess issues and candidates, not attack our opponents or those who
    disagree with us.
  6. We will promote equity, not obstruct justice.
  7. We will report our grievances to the relevant authorities, not take the law into our hands.
  8. We will vote peacefully and responsibly, not resort to intimidation.
  9. We will encourage all eligible voters around us to vote peacefully and responsibly, not sell
    their votes or be bribed or coerced for their votes.

  1. We will actively support those who eventually win their elections.
  2. We will pray for God to bless the majority party and incumbent, the minority party, and
    other contesting parties and their flag bearers; and also pray for Him to bless the freedom of
    the press.
  3. We will encourage journalists and other media to be responsible to speak the truth in love,
    and to practice charity in their criticisms.
    We will prove that the Golden Age in Ghanaian politics has arrived. God bless the voter. God
    Bless Ghana.
    Advice to voters by John Wesley as recorded in his Journal of October 3, 1774:
  4. Vote, without a fee or reward, but for the person we judge most worthy.
  5. Speak no evil of the person we voted against.
  6. Take care our spirits are not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.

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INTEGRITY IN DAILY LIVING

LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks
uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not
backbite with his tongue; Nor does evil to his neighbour, nor does he take up a reproach
against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised. But he honours those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; He who does not put out his
money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things
shall never be moved – Psalm 15 (New King James).


INTRODUCTION
In the past year, revelations of the absence of integrity have affected other arms of the public and private institutions and what many people keep asking is whether those who profess Christianity in these institutions are living by the principles of their faith. Psalm 15 has several criteria for assessing our character. Significantly, almost all the marks of integrity listed in Psalm 15 relate to workplace issues. The qualities mentioned in the same Psalm extend to personal issues of integrity and honesty, our relationships with others and the way we handle our money. Our worship of God should not only be in terms of our inward, personal needs but also in light of our outward, public responsibilities. After all, religion is a matter of character as well as conduct. Our walk must match our talk.


INVENTORY OF INTEGRITY
A person of Integrity is someone who:-

  1. WALKS UPRIGHTLY: – someone whose character is above reproach.
    What about you? What is your basic ethical commitment? Are you out to honour the
    Lord or to serve yourself?
  2. WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS: – someone who does what is right all the time.
    What is the end result of your work? Is your work self-serving or do you work to
    promote good in the nation? Do you make your light shine where you have been put in
    spite of difficulties and challenges or are you the complaining type, never satisfied with
    what you are been given?
  3. SPEAKS THE TRUTH: – someone for whom truth-telling is second-nature.
    Are you in the habit of telling lies – what you consider to be “little white lies” when it is
    necessary or convenient? Or do you speak the truth even when doing so is costly?
  4. DOES NOT BACKBITE: – someone who does not slander others.
    Do you tear down others behind their backs? Are you one of those who think that they
    can progress by destroying tearing down others? Verbal murder is as serious as physical
    murder.
  1. DOES NO EVIL TO A NEIGHBOUR: – someone who does not deliberately work against
    his colleagues.
    What is your policy on office politics? Do you do unto others what you would like done
    to you? Or do you believe in “doing unto others before they do unto you”?
  2. DOES NOT TAKE UP A REPROACH AGAINST A FRIEND: – someone who stands by those
    he claims to be friends with.
    What is the level of your loyalty? When people collude to bring down a colleague (even
    when the person has done no wrong) do you jump on the bandwagon? Or do you seek
    fair play and offer support to the one who is being unjustly treated.
  3. HONOURS THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD NOT THE UNGODLY: – someone who takes
    faith in the Lord seriously and shuns ungodly company.
    What is the character of your best friends? What is their attitude towards God and the
    things of the Lord? Do people know your godliness by the type of friends you have?
  4. KEEPS HIS WORD EVEN IF IT IS COSTLY: – someone who keeps his promise whatever
    the cost.
    Do your family and friends consider you trustworthy and reliable? Do you keep your
    word? Are you known as one whose words is his bond? Or do people always wonder
    whether you will follow through on your promises?
  5. DOES NOT PRACTICE USURY: – someone who does not take advantage of those who
    requires their help
    Do you make it harder or easier for those in need to gain the resources necessary to
    support themselves? Or do you take advantage of the poor and to gain more profits?
  6. Does Not Take Bribes: – someone who does not demand money to do the work for
    which he is paid.
    Is it said of you that under no circumstances will you compromise yourself by taking
    bribes? Can people confidently say of you that you will never take bribes? Or do you
    accept kickbacks because everybody does it?
    SELF ANALYSIS
    How do you stand in the light of this integrity inventory? It is said that reputation is what
    you do when everybody is watching; character is what you do when no one is watching. Do
    people perceive you as one who has a reputation for integrity when in truth it is all a façade
    because behind the scenes you are always compromising? Daniel was different. We read in
    Daniel 1:8: But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he
    asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel and his three

friends made up their minds to stand for godly values even though they lived in the midst of
very ungodly they took a stand not to defile themselves.


RESOLVE TO DO THE RIGHT
This is the time in our nation’s history when we all need to reveal our true character. As
people of God, we have a great opportunity to influence those around us through our ethics
and morality in our workplaces. We must refuse to go along with what everybody is doing.
That is the real challenge of workplace ethics. Occasionally we may struggle to discern the
right from the wrong but most of the time, we will have to summon the conviction and the
courage to do what we know is right. In the final analysis the truth we know in our hearts –
the truth based on Biblical principles – is what we need to do or not do. Like Daniel and his
friends, we can settle in our hearts to do what is right and carry out our plans with tough-
minded resolve.
As we face ethical choices in our workplaces, we can choose to stand for the right. It may
be costly, but God will give us the strength to handle whatever consequences come our
way. Scripture never encourages us to close our eyes to wrongdoing.

Instead, we are to “hate what is wrong and stand on the side of the good” – Romans 12:9 (New LivingTranslation). This may involve speaking out publicly about hidden wrongs with which we are familiar. We need not be afraid in such circumstances for it is better to pursue justice even if it means “blowing the whistle” on some people.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave
us eternal encouragement and good a hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in
every good deed and word – 2 Thess. 2: 16-17.

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LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

“ For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.   And we are
instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world
with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,   while we look forward with hope to that
wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.   He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us His very own
people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” – Titus 2:11-14 (NLT)


INTRODUCTION
The Christian life is a NEW LIFE, one that is transformed from sin and self-centeredness to
righteousness and other centredness. It is a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit – a life that reveals that indeed we are children of God. The book of James has much to say about how we live out this new life and we invite you to meditate on the passages and build our lives upon the foundation of God’s word.


CONTROLLING THE TONGUE
“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.   And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.   In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.   And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.   And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both freshwater and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh
water from a salty spring. – James 3:1-12


TRUE WISDOM COMES FROM GOD
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honourable life, doing good
works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is
selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.   Jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there are jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.   But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere.   And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:13-18

DRAWING CLOSE TO GOD
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?   You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are
jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away
from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit He has placed within us should be faithful to Him.   And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty, is divided between God and the world.   Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.   Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honour. – James 4:1-10


WARNING AGAINST JUDGING OTHERS
Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each
other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to
judge whether it applies to you. 12  God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbour? – James 4:11-12


WARNING ABOUT SELF-CONFIDENCE
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.   What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”   Otherwise, you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” – James 4:13-17

THIS IS THE WORD OF GOD – JAMES CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 (NLT)

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FAITH IN PRACTICE

And the righteous will live by his faith – Habakkuk 2:4b


INTRODUCTION


Our whole lives depend on faith – from our rising from bed to the going back to it. We wake up, do the normal things because we believe that the earth will still rotate on its axis, that the sun will shine even through storms and rain.


• That plants, crops, trees will grow even when there is drought;
• That our vehicles and even aircraft will be able to take us to and fro. The streets will be able to hold our cars, never mind how many potholes;
• That we will be able to eat and digest our food;
• That doctors will be able to heal us;
• Teachers, lecturers will be able to teach us;
• That security agencies will be able to protect us from those who wish us harm;
We can go on and on. In fact, even right now most of us are comfortable sitting on our chairs because we have faith that they will hold our weight and keep us secure.
In fact, our whole lives revolve around things we believe in, both seen and unseen.

  1. SO, WHAT IS FAITH?

  2. a. The All Nations English Dictionary defines Faith as:
    • Strong belief, trust, confidence
    • Loyalty to one’s promises or word of honour.

b. Webster’s New World Dictionary also defines Faith as:
• Trust
• Unquestioning Belief in God
• Anything believed
• Complete trust or confidence
• Loyalty

  1. BIBLICAL DEFINATION
    We are talking about God and His Word so it’s important that we find out what God means by faith. In Hebrews 11:1, we read that Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This means that the nature of faith that is acceptable before God is a faith that is triumphant in the worst situations. In the New Testament faith conveys the idea of trust, a firm internal conviction regarding the truthfulness of someone or some claim.
    It is faith that believes in spiritual realities and leads to:
    a) Righteousness
    b) Seeking God
    c) Believing in God’s goodness
    d) Having complete confidence in God’s Word
    e) Obeying God’s command
    f) Regulating life on God’s promises
    g) Rejecting the spirit of this present evil age
    h) Seeking a Heavenly home
    i) Persevering in trials and testing
    j) Blessing the next generation
    k) Refusing sin’s pleasures
    l) Enduring persecution
    m) Performing mighty acts of righteousness
    n) Suffering for God
    A tall list but as we read in Philippians 2:13 (NLT) – “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”; God who lives in us by His Spirit continues to work in us to give us the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. He is the originator of faith and He is our Helper.
  2. In 1 Kings 18:36-39, Elijah practises his faith by courageously challenging King Ahab for his disobedience (rebuking all of Israel, confronting the 450 prophets of Baal). His faith led him to use only the weapons of prayer and faith in God. His confidence in God is indicated by the brevity and simplicity of his prayer. He didn’t need a Genesis to Revelation kind of prayer nor did he stomp and wag his fingers at God. He prayed in agreement with God’s will. Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal and then his prayer was to reveal God’s grace to His people and thus turn their hearts back to God.
  3. We too must put our faith in practice as we see so much evil and wrongdoing in our society. Instead of the daily complaining we must put our faith to work by praying in agreement with God’s will. Titus 2:14, reveals to us that Christ has redeemed for Himself, a people who are His very own and eager to do good. We must therefore use Hebrews 4:14-16 as well as 1 John 5:14-15 to pray for one another so that we will live in the power of righteousness that we have been saved to practice. We must trust God to empower us to change our generation.
  4. In Galatians 1:1-10, Paul was horrified that the Christians in Galatia were allowing the Judaizers to persuade them to abandon their faith in the gospel of salvation by faith only in the Lord Jesus Christ and to accept the false notions that they had to become Jews through circumcision and adherence to rules and regulations before they could become true Christians. It was so false that Paul virtually reined curses on those who brought this false gospel. And are we not facing the same things? Prayer camps, strange prophecies and regulated practices, rituals and dogmas.
  5. Let’s put our faith into practice and accept that Christ’s saving purpose is the deliverance of us believers from the evil that dominates this world’s societies. We must live for God and refuse to be governed by the prevailing values, wisdom, opinions, corrupt desires and selfish pleasures of the people of this world. We must despise evil and love what is righteous – this is our faith – we are a people delivered from evil and brought into God’s marvelous light as we read in 1 Peter 2:9.
    We must have our mind conformed to God’s way of thinking by reading and meditating on His Word as the Bible tells us in Psalm 119:11 & 148; John 8:31 – 32 & 15:7.
    We must have our plans and ambitions determined by heavenly and eternal fruits and not by this evil, temporal and transient age, no matter how attractive. We must avoid being so gullible and faint-hearted. We say that God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. Acting out our faith is what makes us witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  6. In Luke 7:1-10, the Roman Centurion heard of the God of Jews and His mighty power being displayed in Jesus and he believed in Him and actually sought His help. His faith was commended by Jesus because it surpassed anything found among the Jews. The centurion’s faith combined a long concern for another person – his servant- with great trust in Jesus. He was deemed an unbeliever by the Jews but he had all the elements of a believer in Jesus’ eyes.
    We are believers but is our faith in the Author and Perfecter of our faith in Jesus Christ evident in the things we do?
    • Do people see the power of Jesus in the way we practise our Christian faith.
    • Do we love one another us Christ has loved us?

Conclusion
Christ Jesus says He has overcome the world and indeed He has by His death and resurrection. His love is abundant – we know it and experience it daily. His grace is divine – we experience that too daily. By our actions let’s bring glory to God and enjoy the freedom and power that our faith brings us.
Let’s dedicate our lives to God and ask Him to increase our faith.

Stay Blessed!

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EXCELLING IN THE GRACE OF GIVING

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness
and in the love we have kindled in you — see that you also excel in this grace of giving. – 2
Corinthians 8:7.


INTRODUCTION
We are children of God the Father through rebirth. It is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus
Christ who died that we may have life and have it more abundantly – Ephesians 2:8&9 & John
10:10b .

We get this faith through the promptings of the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin and
makes us know about the righteousness which is ours in Christ in God. So our spiritual rebirth is
by the activity of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We live because of our Triune God and He gives us all of Himself– it is a giving of the whole of


the Godhead and it is total. The urge to give in the service of God is therefore God-given
because we have the DNA of God who is the ultimate giver. Praise God for the word of God
which gives us not only examples but also an insight into Biblical giving. Our motives are
important. Our actual gift is also important. God will accept every offering which is given in true


faith and dedication to righteousness as Abel did in Genesis 4.
If our offering lacks sincere obedient faith and our motives are evil, God will reject our offering
as He did that of Cain. God takes pleasure in our offerings and thanksgivings only when we are
striving to live a righteous life according to His will.
Jesus Christ’s willingness to give is an example that all believers are to follow. Our priority in life
is not our own comfort – it is service, and we are to serve Christ by serving others. His grace
toward us should be reflected in our grace towards others – grace not only in forgiveness but in
the material blessings we have been given and should share.
Our attitude about giving has spiritual significance. Paul says it is evidence of our love – our
concern for others. We all need to excel in the grace of giving. How do we do this?
Let us look at some 11 principles:
Principle 1: Outward circumstances and difficulties should not hinder generosity in giving. The
Macedonians gave from poverty, not abundance. They willingly gave because they wanted to,


not because they had to. Their giving far exceeded their financial ability.


Principle 2: All financial giving should be proceeded by self-giving. We give ourselves first!!
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a
living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. – Romans 12:1


Principle 3: As Christians, we need to be taught the principle of grace-giving and to abound in
grace giving. Luke 6:38, clearly says “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed


down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure
you use, it will be measured to you.”


Principle 4: Our goal in giving should be fulfilled and brought to completion. What we start out
to do must be completed.

Principle 5: Generous giving is a tangible way to give evidence of the sincerity of our love. We
put our money where our mouth is! If we love Jesus let’s give towards His work.


Principle 6: There is a connection between “the grace of God” and “the grace of giving” as we
read in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Our giving should be therefore
rooted in His giving, He gave it all.


Principle 7: Grace giving moves God to supply and meet all needs. The needs are resupplied
that work may continue. If we pledge to God to increase our giving each year, He will always
supply for our every need so that we lack nothing. We will be left with more to give next time.

Principle 8: The willingness to give is more important than the amount given. The widow gave
her mite and we can be sure that the Lord honoured her giving and supplied her needs
immediately.


Principle 9: Generous spirit led giving will have a godly influence on others’ giving.


Principle 10: The attitude in which your money is given is of utmost importance to God. Think


of Cain and Abel. God did not disapprove of Cain’s offering because it was from crops. His
hearts attitude was wrong!! Abel gave with the right heart, the right motives and with righteous
living.

Principle 11: Generous giving is the appropriate response to God’s unspeakable gift! God has
given His all and so much. God is looking for generous givers. Are you one of them?
To Ponder: Let us pray MHB 923


WE GIVE THEE BUT THINE OWN
1 We give thee but thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from thee.
2 May we thy bounties thus
As stewards true receive,
And gladly, as thou blessest us,
To thee our first-fruits give.

Stay Blessed!

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EXCELLENCE IN OUR WORKPLACES

Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as (something done) for the Lord
and not for men, knowing (with all certainty) that it is from the Lord (and not from men) that you
will receive the inheritance which is your (real) reward. (The One Whom) you are actually serving
is) the Lord Christ, the Messiah Col. 3:23-24 Amplified Version).
THE VALUE OF EXCELLENCE
There is no doubt that a high premium is placed on the value of quality and excellence in the
workplace. So many books have been and are still being written extolling the virtues of good quality
work. Studies conducted so far have revealed that quality and excellence in the workplace do not
just lead to higher profits – they are vital to sustaining business. This has led to managers and
employees in corporate organizations embracing a new workstyle that is premised on quality and
excellence.
And yet the theme of excellence in the way we work is something God treasures and is therefore
firmly established in His written Word, the Bible as we read in Prov. 22:29: Do you know a hard-
working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!
BIBLICAL VIEW OF WORK
The Bible teaches us a few things about work, which we need to use as principles for our own work
 God, who Himself is a worker, does His work with excellence – Gen. 1:31.
 God equips people with specific skills and abilities that fit them for certain kinds of work -Ex. 31:1-
11; Ps. 33:15. We are expected to use our skills for their intended purposes and by so doing
serve God with all our strength and all our might.
 We should work with the understanding that we are accountable to God and that He is daily
evaluating the quality of our work – Eph. 6:5-8.
 We are to be conscientious, diligent, loyal, respectful and peaceable in our workstyle, thereby
making the gospel of Christ attractive to co-workers, clients and customers – Titus 2:9-10.
SOME WORK – WORLD CODES
As believers we should know that all legitimate work matters to God and in that respect He does not
consider some jobs more important than others. Managers and those in authority are as much
accountable to God for the work they do as all workers and those under authority. Both categories of
people have to display good character and conduct and make choices in the workplace that honour
Christ in difficult workplace environments. The following will help us to do just that.
GUIDELINES FOR MANAGERS AND OTHERS IN AUTHORITY

  1. FINANCE
     Workers must give their due payment for their work – 1 Cor. 9:7-14.
     There must be fair employee compensation – Col. 4:1.

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 Due care and circumspection must be applied to the way wealth is handled – 1Tim. 6:9-10;
17-18. Misapplication and misappropriation of funds are a poor reflection of our faith.

  1. WORK RELATIONS
     Business relationships must reflect our transformed Christlike lives – 2 Cor. 7:1.
     God values people and so we must value them and treat them with dignity – Gal. 5:14-15;
    Eph. 4:31-32.
     Workers must be treated with respect and not with intimidation and threats – Eph. 6:59.
     We must be honest in our estimation of ourselves – humility must be our hallmark – Rom.
    12:3.
  2. COMMUNICATION – Let us:
     verify accusations before acting – Matt. 18:15-35; 2 Cor. 13:1; 1 Tim. 5:19.
     be gracious and truthful in all your communications – Col. 4:6. It pays to be courteous and
    respectful
  3. RESPONSIBILITY – Let us:
     fulfill our commitments – Rom. 13:6-8. Being the leader does not mean abdicating our
    responsibilities.
     not forget that we are accountable to God and to our workers – 1 Cor. 3:9-15.
     be kind to the disadvantaged – Rom. 12:13; Gal. 2:10.
     handle our times of bounty and our times of leanness prudently – Phil. 4:12.
     give glory to Christ for our successes – Col. 1:17-18.
     remember to care for our own family – 1 Tim. 5:8.
     be sensitive to people’s needs and meet them whenever we can – Titus 3:14.
  4. MANAGEMENT
     The decisions we take must be rooted in God’s perspective about time and eternity – 2
    Cor. 4:16-18; 2 Pet. 3:8-13
     Let us nurture, mentor, encourage and equip employees to be the best – 1 Thess. 5:14-15.
     Let us be flexible with our options – 2 Cor. 5:16-17; Phil. 10:14.
    GUIDELINES FOR WORKERS AND THOSE UNDER AUTHORITY
  5. DUTIES – Let us:

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 not be too quick to get out of your current situation – 1 Cor. 7:17-24. God has a reason for
keeping us where we are.
 have the right perspectives about stress and trouble – 2 Cor. 4:7-18.

  1. SUPERVISORS – Let us:
     develop a healthy respect for authority – Rom. 13:1-8.
     work wholeheartedly and respectfully – Eph. 6:5-8; 1 Thess. 5:12-15.
     do our work with diligence, obeying the rules of the job – 1 Thess. 4:11-12.
     respect and honour your bosses whether they are believers or not – 1 Tim. 6:1-2
  2. CO-WORKERS – Let us:
     develop a sober and honest estimation of ourselves – Rom. 12:3
     acknowledge that differences are natural and inevitable and learn to accept the
    contributions of others – 1Cor. 12:1-8.
     help others to be productive without neglecting to do our assigned job well – Gal. 6:1-5.
     be sensitive and courteous in the way we speak to others – Col. 4:6.
     show understanding for others and treat them with respect – 1 Tim. 5:1-3.
     build a reputation for good relationships – Titus 3:1-2.
  3. RESPONSIBILITY – Let us:
     give ourselves totally to God – Rom. 12:1;
     be wise and discerning so that you can make use of all the opportunities God gives you –
    Eph. 5:15-18;
     remember that you are working for God and be diligent about it – 1 Cor. 3:13; Col. 3:17;
     not let our responsibilities weigh us down with anxiety – Phil. 4:6;
     live responsibly, pursuing a godly life – 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:8-9;
     develop a godly workstyle – Titus 2:9-10;
  4. FINANCES – Let us:
     not steal, nor embezzle but rather learn to live within our means – Eph. 4:28;
     be responsible for the needs of our family – 1 Time 5:8;
    TO PONDER
  5. How much quality and excellence are we putting in our work?
  6. Would God be pleased with the way we do our work?
  7. Are we proud of the way we do our work and do we think God will be pleased with the
    end product or service?

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If not, then let us use the guidelines and principles in this article to make improvements so
that we will indeed be the SALT of the earth and the LIGHT of the world.

Stay Blessed!

WORDS OF WISDOM

“By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.  The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.  If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.” – Proverbs 29:4, 7 & 12  

INTRODUCTION

The book of proverbs makes very interesting reading.  It is filled with alphabet letters, vowels, and consonants formed into words, sentences, paragraphs, and books – spoken, signed, whispered, written, and printed.  From friendly advice to impassioned speeches and from dusty volumes to daily tabloids, messages are sent and received, with each sender trying to impart knowledge….. and wisdom.  Woven into human fabric is the desire to learn and understand. 

Knowledge is good, but a vast difference stands between “knowledge” (having the facts) and “wisdom” (applying those facts to life.)  We may amass knowledge, but without wisdom our knowledge is useless.  We must learn how to live out what we know.

The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, left us a legacy of written wisdom under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Solomon gives practical insights and guidelines for life.

The main theme of Proverbs, as we might expect, is the nature of true wisdom.  Solomon writes, “Fear of the Lord is the Foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” – 1:7.  He then proceeds to give hundreds of practical examples of how to live according to godly wisdom.

The word proverb comes from a Hebrew word that means “to rule or to govern”, and these sayings, reminders, and admonitions provide profound advice for governing our lives.

We have chosen PROVERBS chapter 29 because the couplets speak volumes about our everyday life.  Don’t just read these verses; act on them!   

Please enjoy and pass it on to others!

  • “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed–without remedy. When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. – Proverbs 29:1-2
  • A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down. – Proverbs 29:3-4
  • Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet. An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad. – Proverbs 29:5-6
  • The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. – Proverbs 29:7
  • Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger. – Proverbs 29:8
  • If a wise man goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace. Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright. – Proverbs 29:9-10
  • A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. – Proverbs 29:11
  • If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.  If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.  – Proverbs 29:12-14
  • The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.  When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall. – Proverbs 29:15-16
  • Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul. Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. – Proverbs 29:17-18
  • A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond. -Proverbs 29:19
  • Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him. – Proverbs 29:20
  • If a man pampers his servant from youth, he will bring grief in the end. An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. – Proverbs 29:21-22
  • A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify. – Proverbs 29:23-24
  • Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.  Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice. The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.” – Proverbs 29:25-27

THIS IS THE WORD OF GOD

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