Proverbs 11:1 “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.”
Do we use the same balance for everything? For everyone?
I was musing this morning on whether the balance we use is just and true.
When aggravated, upset, or have been wounded by someone, I may use a different filter or balance by which I make decisions or choose how to respond to them.
Typically, our first response is always carnal. Knowing that, I can usually allow that thought to come and go without acting on it.
But, if I am holding a grudge, or nursing a wound carnally, I will seek vengeance or justice and leave off giving mercy and grace.
I learned a long time ago to have mercy and forgiveness in ready for those close to me. The closer they are, the more we need to keep in store. When it comes time to give mercy and forgiveness, we will always have it handy.
Our world today is divided. Technology spreads the division quickly. We are bombarded with information about everything. Yet, do we take the time to check or verify that the information we read or accept is accurate?
A just weight allows for God to be the One who sets the boundaries as to what is true and what is false.
In most countries, the government has a Bureau of Standards that declares what each measure is and how to compare it. But, we must go to God’s Word when we are judging relationships and people.
James tells us:
James 2:1 “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.”
If we treat the rich man better than the common man, we are not complying with biblical standards.
If we keep friendships to the few we like and that like us, we are again, not following biblical guidelines. We are told with whom to fellowship based on their standing with God.
Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Proverbs 4:14-15 “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”
Those standards and guidelines are clear.
It is the lines we draw and those we shun based upon our opinions, prejudices, and preferences that use a selective balance. It is that ‘balance’ that calls us into question this morning.
Am I just with my spouse? Am I more forgiving of a stranger than those within my household? If it is different, why?
We are more stringent on those closest to us than those whom we know very little. Is it because we hold loved ones to a higher standard? Do we expect more from them? When they fail or fall from favor, where is the forgiveness, mercy, and love then?
Where is the patience and longsuffering we give to others so readily, and seemingly lack with those we say we love deeply?
Why are there church members we share everything, and others are put at arm’s length? Is it because they are quirky, dress differently, or lack social graces? Because we share commonalities with someone, it is easier to befriend them.
It takes a concerted effort to go beyond our first impression to see who that person is or what value they hold in the eyes of the Savior. So often, we lack the ability to look any further than “what have you done for me lately” as to whether or not I’ll have anything to do with you.
If they are saved, I must change my perspective to look at that one as if they were Jesus Himself. How would I treat Jesus?
Matthew 25:38-40 “When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
How will you treat Jesus today?