Greed brings grief to the whole family,
but those who hate bribes will live.
Today's verse can be taken a lot of ways and fit into a lot of different areas of life.
Everything you do (good or bad) has consequences-- and those consequences not only affect you. They affect the people around you.
In the book of Joshua (7:16-26), there is a guy named Achan. When the Israelites defeated Jericho, they were told not to take anything. What did Achan do? He took things. What happened to him? He got stoned to death.
And not only Achan, but his family suffered and died as well... even his poor donkeys were killed (always felt bad for those donkeys).
It's the same in our life. Now, it's not as extreme as Achan's situation, but the moral is the same. Your sin, your greed, your lies, affect your entire family. We are the type of people who while we life among people, we feel solitary-- like our actions only affect ourselves. That couldn't be farther from the truth. (It's kinda like a version of the '6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon' Game. We are all connected.)
Whether we know it or not, our actions have lot lasting consequences-- both good and bad. We can't be perfect--- that's impossible. We don't need to get into something knowing it's wrong.
God Bless You.
Linked with: On Your Heart Tuesday