Fitful sleep caused by a troubled conscience is not very pleasant.
In recent years, a whole new set of ethical questions has emerged to perplex many of our partners. Opportunities to "take advantage" loom all around us. It may involve illegal duplication of computer programs or video tapes, illegal hookup of a cable system, "borrowing" supplies from work for home use, "helping yourself" to extra lumber or hardware from the company warehouse, or utilizing loopholes on a tax form or credit application. Those who refuse to do these things can pay hundreds of dollars for their honesty. Additionally, they are scorned, misunderstood and pressured by family and friends. "What's wrong with you?" they are berated. "Everybody does it; there's nothing wrong with it. Is there?"
Each of you must decide these issues for yourself; it's really between you and God. But for those who don't yield to the temptation, know that King David suffered the same anguish you are facing now, refusing to go along with the worldly crowd. He cried out, "Surely then in vain have I cleansed my heart and washed my hands in innocency...Nevertheless I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to honor and glory" (Psalm 73:13, 23-24, AMPC).
Tonight, lay any ethical conflicts at the Lord's feet and agree to do what He says is right. No matter the cost, your conscience will be at rest, and you will be assured of the Lord's counsel, support and honor in the days to come.
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, You know how hard these decisions can be...help me not to look at the monetary price, the pressure, and the criticism from family and friends. Grant me Your supernatural courage to resist temptation, knowing that obedience in Your Name will bring greater reward. In Jesus' Name, Amen.