Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. (Proverbs 20:22-23 NLT)
“Dishonest scales” refers to the loaded scales a merchant might use in order to cheat customers. Dishonesty is a difficult sin to avoid. It is easy to cheat if we think no one else is looking. But dishonesty affects the very core of a person. It makes him untrustworthy and untrusting. It eventually makes him unable to know himself or relate to others. Don’t take dishonesty lightly. Even the smallest portion of dishonesty contains enough of the poison of deceit to kill your spiritual life. If there is any dishonesty in your life, tell God about it now. (Tyndal Study Bible)
I remember a presentation I was at a couple of years ago. It was about ethics in business. The presenter, Professor John Coetzee, posed the question: at what point would you start to steal in business? Poverty overcomes you, and your children are hungry; when do you start stealing? When do you tell a lie to further your cause? When do you tell a lie to profit from it?
It starts out with a little white lie. It’s a lie. A lie is a lie. And just as the commentator says, the smallest amount of dishonesty will kill your spirit. Lying is a bad habit. We all know how quickly it takes to form a bad habit. I know it takes three weeks to break a bad habit.
I started training to compete in a triathlon. Wow is it difficult to get into the swing of things? There always seems to be a reason not to train. The important thing to note is we have choices. We can make the right choice and go training.
Just like we have a choice not to lie or not to apply double standards. We always have a choice. Remember: so a man thinks so is he. God knows your innermost thoughts. So yes, when you are considering taking that chance he knows.That little voice that is in the back of your mind, saying don’t do that. That is the Holy Spirit guiding you.
Remember Proverbs is a description of how we should live. It’s not me giving advice it straight from the Bible.
“Lord I pray for Your instruction. May I live like the book of Proverbs says. Holy Spirit guide me daily. In Jesus name. Amen”