Faith and Ethics

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 29, 2007
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Notes:

Faith is to have confidence and trust that God means what He says and will do what He promises. Ethics means the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation.

Leviticus19:35-37 Since He is "the Lord your God," you can afford to be honest in your dealings and always be equitable (dealing fairly and equally with all concerned).

Proverbs 11:1; Luke 6:38 Your standard of measure will be measured to you in return. Do not look for get rich schemes; most are unethical because someone gets hurt. No one should lose for you to gain; rather, things should be equitable. Both parties are to be equally blessed.

2Thessalonians 3:7-9 If you have a disability or are elderly, you are still required to work. (In Colossians 4:12, Epaphras labored fervently in prayers.)

Ephesians 6:5 "Fear and trembling" means reverence and obedience. The KJ says "singleness," which means the virtue of one who is free from pretense and hypocrisy. We work for our boss as if we were working for Christ.

Ephesians 6:6 When the boss is not watching, your behavior is the same as if he were. For whom are you working? For what are you working?

Ephesians 6:7 & 9 Do we have faith in the words of God?

Colossians 3:16, 17, 23, and 24 Refuse to do anything half-heartedly. Put your all into everything you do and be thankful.

Luke 16:10 What one does in the small things of life, one does also in the big things. Faithfulness or dishonesty appears throughout. Life is a unity.

Luke 16:11 & 12 In accordance with the principle laid down in the previous verse, anyone who uses money in the wrong way shows himself unfit to handle more important things. He must not be surprised if God keeps them from him. (1Timothy 3 tells ministers to take care of their homes and families as a basic requirement to be a minister.)

Ephesians 4:25 Be a person of integrity, that is mean what you say and say what you mean. When you say you will be there at 5pm, then be there. If I cannot trust you to be on time, should I trust you with my heart?

Psalms 37:21; Proverbs 22:7 Get rid of your credit cards. If you do not have the money, you cannot buy it. Control you covetousness. We obey God because we have faith that He will provide what is best for us.



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