2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4; 2 Kings 14; Micah 4:1-5:1
We applaud cunning and trickery. There may even be an undercurrent as we hear about someone’s less than ethical approach to a situation that “As long as you’re not caught, it mustn’t be illegal.” We look for shades of gray, not unlike Jews in the days of Jesus did, trying to get around doing the right thing. (e.g. See Matthew 5:33ff) Paul recognized that all of life needs to be conducted not in the gray areas but in the light. He made a point to tell the Corinthian Church that he acted not on human wisdom, but on Godly grace. “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.” (2 Corinthians 1:12) Society is accustomed to those who walk the ethical tightrope. We expect people to skirt the moral guidelines. We expect, to paraphrase the main character in a popular TV show, everybody to lie. As followers of Christ, we have the opportunity to be a refreshing difference in our world. We are that difference when we act from openness and grace-filled honesty. We are that difference when we act with godly integrity in our dealings with people. We should be the kind of people so that when someone asks, “Who can I trust to ….?” our name springs to mind. That happens when we conduct ourselves in simplicity and godly sincerity. That happens when we act out of the grace of God.
Dear Lord, cleanse me of the desire to get the better of other people and help me bring out their best. Help me to show Your love and grace in my dealings with others and let all that I say and do reflect Your beauty. Let me be an example of living in Your love.