Devotional: The importance of proper values
Values = What you and I believe is important. Values sometimes must be prioritized. For example, exhibit freedom of expression or exhibit self-control? Insist on individual rights or practice individual responsibility? Utilize your freedom of speech or show love, compassion, and mercy? Sometimes, the lines get blurred concerning our values.
God’s Word says in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, “I have the right to do anything,” you say — but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” — but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
These days, we see personal values on display. For instance, take our rights over greater responsibilities. We are told that it would be in the best interest of us all right now to wear a face covering when you are within 6 feet of another. It is our right not to wear one, however, what is the greater responsibility? People have the right to peacefully protest a governmental action, while not ignoring personal responsibility and self-control. Is it acceptable to say something even though it is hurtful to another?
Yes, we do have rights and privileges living in this great country; however, God’s Word cautions us to be wise regarding the use of our freedoms. Our greatest values in life should be as Jesus once told the Pharisees: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself ’ (Matt. 22:37-39).
Values determine our path in life and for eternity. Much more can be said about the subject, but I leave you with this question: What if you followed the wrong values for years, then you one day realize you have utilized your freedom in all the wrong ways?
Live according to God’s values – the Word of God.
Our Lord God is ALWAYS right!