#9 Defrauding or Robbing Your Neighbor.
“Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”Matthew 19:19 from the King James Version
How can you love God and defraud people? You need to understand how to respect others. Respect means to have a deep regard for others or something. Leviticus 19:13 tells us not to cheat, but to show love in integrity. Let’s read the verse, “Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.”
There is never a time to be or do deceptive actions against others. Who gives you the right to do so and if you do this evil action, you are a follower of your father the Devil. Manipulation is selfishness. Defrauding or robbing others is not a true follower of Christ Jesus. This is the bottom line. Walk with honor, as His ambassador in this world. Remember you are reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20).
If you be in Christ, you have the ability to follow the principles given; to love according to the scriptures, and to oppress not your family, friends, and associates. Do you know why your neighbors are single-out? They are strangers; much harder to express love towards them. Many people in today’s society do not love themselves either. Can you see this parallel? It is so important to walk in righteousness and integrity. Worship by expressing love for one another. All are created in God’s image and likeness.
Sin causes people to act like brats. It is hard on the mind and body. It will continually take control of you until you know how to stop it. Thank God, Hallelujah! He tells us about it through written words. For example, the story about Cain and Abel’s offering. The word “if” in the English language means conditions are attached to an action. Let’s read Genesis 4:7 about its desire, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Sin is waiting to attack and destroy you. There is no moral navigation in the heart (mind) of those who physically or mentally take control of others. That is what cults do!
You have free will to listen and do the commandments of God. It is in your best interest, just like a father correcting his little child. Hopefully, you can see the nature of sin; which desire is to kill you. Death is the end (Romans 6:23). If you walk in integrity, you will have blessings pour out in your life, as you help the poor and needy (Proverbs 20:7). Nothing in this life is fair. However, true acceptable worshippers will love strangers unconditionally. Let your light shine (Matthew 5:16), so they will see the goodness of God (Romans 2:4).
Our daily walk with the Lord should show us how to discern the difference between good and evil. Plus, it is a part of your reasonable worship. If you hate others, you do not love God (1 John 4:20).
How can you love God who you do not see, and not love your neighbor who you do see each day? Think about it.
Anyone doing this will never worship God acceptably according to the Holy Scriptures. Let’s read 1 John 3:13-16 to understand:
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”1 John 3:23 from King James Version
Hating people has no place with eternal life, because of the command to love others according to John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I [Jesus] give unto you, That ye love one another; as I [Jesus] have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Love is expressed with affection and sometimes a great interest for someone or something. What communion has light with darkness? Which master (God or Satan) will you choose? Only disciples abide in the Word of God to love without conditions. All others are liars.
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