Looking for Loopholes?

31 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 11:37-54

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

No one wants to pay any more tax than is legally required.  loopholeThat is just common sense.  I have no problem with that.  The problem comes when dishonestly creeps into the equation.  Yes, use all the legal loopholes there are, but do not stretch the loopholes to fit your situation.  Report your earnings—all of them—documented through a check or not.  The honesty of your government depends upon the honesty of its citizenry.  Do not use the reasoning that “everyone else is doing it.”  What is right and wrong is not determined by consensus.

Not only do some look for loopholes when paying taxes but also in relationships, and in regulations.  Some put their best food forward only when the right people are looking.  Their life looks good, but to look into their heart you would find a different story.  When paying your taxes, be willing to turn your pockets inside out to show your honesty.  When dealing in relationships be willing to turn your heart inside out—showing your true colors.  Don’t search for loopholes in how to show love and concern for others.

Instead, treat everyone, as you wish to be treated if you were in their position.  No loopholes there.  You would want all to be on the up and up and out in the open.  You cannot wait for the other guy to go first.  You go first!  What is that in your hand?  Do not hide it away in your pocket or basement.  Use it to reach out to another in the same way you would want them to reach out to you.  Jesus set the example, giving His all, his very life’s blood to demonstrate how to treat others as you wish to be treated.  He could have used loopholes, had the complete power to do so, but He endured the cross on your behalf.

God’s Question:  Will you be honest in all your dealings?

God’s Promise: You set your own standard for treatment from me, by how you choose to treat others.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Jesus’ willingness to endure the cross for me.

I am Sorry I am not always completely honest in all dealings.

Thank You for the perfect example of Jesus.

Please help me follow His example perfectly.

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