Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What Is The Ultimate Standard For Christian Finances? 1 John 3:18

Is there one overriding rule for Christians in business or private that will serve to guide financial decisions?

"Dear children let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18.

We are always talking about love. We talk about the love God has for us and other sinners. We quote John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave...." The phrase "Familiarity breeds contempt," comes to mind- sadly. We are so engaged in the love dialogue that we forget to do love.

The command to love is unique. It does not have a specific mandate such as "Do not do this," or "You must to that." The command to love is individual. We each have our own situations and we must decide personally how to make the command to love relevant to our own lives.

We may ask ourselves if a choice is loving, helps the poor, the ill or lonely. We may need to research how a choice affects others. We may need to turn away from opportunities if they are not loving to others.

We will find ourselves passing up prospects for greater financial gains in favor of greater good. We might find less in the bottom line in exchange for more blessing to others (and ourselves).

These are the words of Our Lord Jesus..
"A new command I give to you that you love one another as I have loved you." John 13:34.

Put love at the top of your decision matrix.