Guidelines for a Godly Life
Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 39,40; Psalm 15; Acts 12
Today’s Key Passage - Psalm 15
We live in a world filled with evil. Every day we are surrounded by a society in which morals are slowly eroding. God has allowed the enemy to do his works in this world for the time being, and because of that, the standards of behavior are often less than what they should be. With all of this evil around us, how can we as followers of Christ know what our standards of living should be today? David asked a similar question in the first verse of Psalm 15 – “LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?” The answer lies in living our lives by God’s standards instead of living by the world’s standards. Even when surrounded by people with loose morals, we can still choose to live our lives filled with integrity. Psalm 15 provides us with 10 solid guidelines that we can follow to live a Godly life. As we read through the chapter, let’s examine each of these guidelines individually:
1. He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous – Do we always do what is righteous? Do we ever do the wrong things even though we know they are wrong?
2. (He) who speaks the truth from his heart – Do we ever lie? Have we ever spoken a lie to try to save someone’s feelings or to avoid an uncomfortable situation?
3. (He who) has no slander on his tongue – Do we ever speak ill of another person? Do we gossip? Do we spread rumors?
4. (He) who does his neighbor no wrong – Do we ever treat other people poorly? Do we ever act rudely toward others?
5. (He who) casts no slur on his fellowman – Do we ever speak harsh words to other people? Do we ever call others names or insult them?
6. (He) who despises a vile man – Do we always speak out against sin? Do we offer our brothers and sisters in Christ correction when they are straying from the path?
7. (He who) honors those who fear the LORD – How do we treat fellow Christians? Do we truly honor them regardless of their background, race, age, or nationality? Do we see ALL believers as our siblings in Christ?
8. (He) who keeps his oath even when it hurts – Do we always live up to our word? Do we always do what we said we were going to do even when it is painful for us?
9. (He) who lends his money without usury – Do we loan money to others without charging them interest? Do we give to others without expecting or wanting anything in return? Do we do good deeds expecting a reward?
10. (He who) does not accept a bribe against the innocent – Have we ever “sold out” another person for personal gain? Would we be willing to betray another person if we could benefit?
As you can see, these guidelines from David for living a Godly life are not easy. Each of us were likely challenged by some of the questions posed above, but obviously it is important that we follow these guidelines in our lives. As we grow in our relationship with God, our desire to be more like Him and to better follow guidelines such as these increases. As David says at the end of this Psalm, “He who does these things will never be shaken.” When we stand on the firm ground of God’s standards for living, we will not have to worry about falling into temptation and sin even when surrounded by evil things or evil people. Each of us under our own power will never be able to live entirely by these ten guidelines. As sinful humans, we simply do not have the capacity to do it on our own. Fortunately, we have the benefit of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. For those of us who have accepted Jesus as Savior, there was a day when His Spirit took up residence in our hearts. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19, our body is “the temple of the Holy Spirit”. As He lives in us, he transforms us and shapes us. He allows us to live our lives the way God intended. His presence gives us the power to follow these guidelines. His presence gives us the power to live a Godly life.
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