13 “Do not have differing weights[a] in your bag, one heavy and one light. (Deuteronomy 25:13 CSB)
No, this scripture is not about fitness. It is about fairness.
A common practice through the years where things are sold by weight is to keep two weights. One that reads correctly and one that looks the same but reads in the favor of the merchant. Electronically, this can be a scale that is calibrated to favor the merchant. By giving less by weight they make more, cheating the consumer.
We expect a level of fairness in this world that does not necessarily exist. We must be ever vigil, keeping our eyes open to what we are being sold. Be that a product or a concept.
The one thing we can count on is that God’s Word and how he reacts to us will always be fair. It may be a hard message, but he works in our best interest. Even when life does not feel fair.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,[a] because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith,[b] just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.[c][d] (Romans 1:16-17 CSB)
Many believe they are powerful. Whether it be through election or other positions of power, they believe themselves to be above others. This can also come from how we react to people due to their celebrity.
Yet true power sits with God and he tends to give power through faith to the humble.
This is not man’s power, but a power that comes from within and in truth comes from the Spirit through faith.
These are the people who deserve our respect. The single mothers, the teachers, the people who serve us daily and faithfully. The ones who gain power not from some outward appearance or accolade, but from within and from above.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
When we think about guarding our heart we typically consider the concept to be in love relationships. However, here the scripture is trying to show us that all that we do flows from the heart. Meaning that everything we do for in and through Christ starts with … Love.
We must “have a heart for” the things of Christ.
And what are the things of Christ.
Loving on the people he puts in our path. Loving on the world. Shining upon people who rarely see the light.
It really all boils down to loving on people.
9 For we are God’s coworkers.[a] You are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:9 CSB)
We each build a life, but we must ask ourselves; what is its foundation?
Each life is revealed in how we live it. If our foundation is strong (as in built upon Christ) then our lives will reflect the strength of the foundation.
If you continue to read on in this passage of Corinthians, you will see that it will all be revealed one day. And what we have built must stand up to Gods fire.
So what we must ask ourselves; are we building to last?
8 Mankind, he has told each of you what is good
and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 CSB)
We all know what we should be doing. How we should be living. God has given us a moral compass by which to live our lives.
Then he simply asked that we walk humbly with him.
There are a lot of ways to approach life. But I think justly, faithfully and humbly provides a pretty solid recipe for a good life.
3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3 CSB)
Too often we feel a need to react instantly to what is being said. We do not want the moment to pass without getting a word in. Whether this is in a situation where we simply want to be heard in a conversation or feel we need to react to an accusation.
We do not take into consideration that saying nothing or possibly waiting quietly for our turn speaks volumes.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.
— ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
28 A person who does not control his temper
is like a city whose wall is broken down. (Proverbs 25:28 CSB)
This scripture speaker to the true nature of letting our temper get the better of us. When we do our defenses go down, not up, and we lose control of the measured way we should approach life.
There are a thousand little things throughout our day that conspire to make us lose our temper. We see it continually on our roadways with so much road rage. Riding a motorcycle this is never more evident. People out for only themselves.
But we have a choice in our response. A snake has only one response to being made angry, which is typically only fear being manifest. It will strike out. We have the ability to keep our wall strong against the many things that conspire to tear us down. We do not have to strike out in fear and anger.