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It’s not only the unselfish acts of mercy or generosity or personal holiness toward others that please the Lord.

Sometimes, it’s simply the choice to be honest in a business deal or shopping transaction that puts a smile on God’s face.

We all — including God — know that circumstances arise when it would be very easy to sacrifice integrity for the sake of financial gain.

In fact, not including God, we’ve all done so in one way or another at one time or another.

We put a frown on God’s face, not a smile.

Not good.

Hopefully, our predominant pattern has been to choose honesty ahead of illicit gain.

For it is when we please God that we are compiling enduring riches of knowing we’ve pleased our Creator and eternal Judge.

Here is God’s view on financial honesty.

“The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but He delights in accurate weights.” (Proverbs 11:1 NLT)

Please God today, my friend.

Let’s do our best to be completely honest with our business dealings or with what we claim to have earned at our job. Ethical lapses aren’t going to help us because God sees it all.

If you’re paid for eight hours, make sure that you work eight hours, not six hours and 37 minutes because of selfishly long coffee breaks or lunch breaks or any other disruption at or on the way to work.

If you’re selling something, don’t lie about its condition. Please make sure that the buyer knows accurately what he or she is purchasing.

After all, Jesus said do for others what you would want them to do for you.

None of us like being cheated.

Let’s make sure that we don’t find ourselves listed among the cheaters.

God wants the best for us and from us.


As always, I love you

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