Topic: Cheating is Bad [Tuesday June 14, 2016]

Text: Micah 6:10-16

Key Verse: “Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights” (Micah 6:11)

“When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves, threaten their own self- esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true” – Cheryl Hughes.

God, in today’s text, condemned the wicked practices of the Israelites in the days of Micah the Morasthite. He also decried the violence and lies that characterised the people of those days and the idolatry which they intentionally practiced. God punished them by bringing a famine in the land, leading to hunger and starvation. Some wicked practices are so common and widely practiced in some areas that they become entirely accepted as the norm.

Some people involved with the business of buying and selling have devised so many methods to cheat their unsuspecting customers. The practice of depressing the containers used for measurement, using harmful substitutes in the production process and selling inferior materials for the price of the originals are condemned in Scriptures. If we truly love our neighbours as ourselves, we won’t be engaged in the act of defrauding or cheating them.

Our business practices should be so transparent and impeccable that people will see the difference and believe the gospel that we preach.

Thought for the day: Cheating destroys trust.

Bible Reading in one Year: 2 Samuel 23-24

DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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