+Living Life God's Way+
Lord, who may dwell in Your sanctuary? Who may live on Your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart.
"I cannot believe they are not going to honor my bonus agreement?"
said the executive who was about to take another position in a new city.
Her understanding of her present work agreement called for a bonus at
the end of the year. management saw the situation differently. "It's not
right. I am entitled to that bonus," she complained.
It was time to leave. The company had given her a laptop to use.
However, when she left, she decided that because the company was not
going to pay her bonus she was entitled to, she would simply keep the
laptop as compensation due her. "And they would never miss it," she
reasoned, She was now in the employment of the new company. As each day
passed, she grew more uneasy about her decision. She could not get it
off her mind. Finally, she concluded that the Holy Spirit was telling
her this decision was wrong and that she needed to call her former boss
to confess her action. She called him and confessed what she had done
and why she had done it. Her boss accepted her confession and forgave
her. Strangely enough, he allowed her to keep the laptop computer.
Truth never changes. It is absolute. When we make decisions on
other actions that are taken, we move into making decisions based on the
situation, not truth and righteousness. The executive may indeed have
been wronged, but she had to address the wrong in the appropriate way.
Trying to compensate for the wrong by doing something that violates
another scriptural principle is called situational ethics. If the
employer had never wronged the executive, do you think she would have
felt justified in taking the computer? Probably not. When you isolate
the two situations, you see that one action was taken in response to the
Have you ever had any experiences in which you have used
situational ethics? The Lord desires His people to have a higher
standard, even at the cost of being wronged. Ask the Lord to reveal any
business practices that may indicate situational ethics. You might be
surprised what will happen when you do the right thing.
TGIF Today God Is First by Os Hillman, 9/26/2007
The same types of things can happen outside of work that can cause us to
use situational ethics; at home, shopping, with friends, etc.
Ask yourself, "What Would Jesus Do?"
In God's Love, Ross
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