The End Does Not Justify The Means
As we move into the New Year we need to remind ourselves in all of our dealings with others that the end does not justify the means. This is a pragmatic view of life. Christians must always be controlled by the Holy Spirit and be committed to keeping the laws of God and the teachings of Christ. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans that we should never do evil in order that good may come of it (Romans 3:8). It is flawed thinking to conclude that we can do something that is either dishonest or unbiblical and then try to justify it on the basis that something good might come from our questionable actions.
As we live out the principles of our faith we must be sure that whatever we are doing we can do it with a clear conscience and that in the day of judgment we will not be ashamed. I urge all of my Berean family and friends to remember that we seek not the approval of man but the approval and favor of God. The peace of God is the result of faithful obedience to His Word. Here are several exhortations to follow:
1. Always tell the truth!
2. Do not tell half truths as if they are the whole truth. (This is a form of deception and lying)
3. Be committed to obedient and holy living.
4. Make sure that you are not being deceptive with others and then explaining your actions away by using he end justifies the means argument.
5. Live your life with the Judgment Seat of Christ always before you. (We are going to answer to God!)
6. Allow the Holy Spirit to search your lives. Be tender before the Lord and allow His eye to search every corner of your hearts.
7. Remember that every hidden and secret sin will come to light one day.