Doing the Right Thing

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln tried his hand in many professions, once working as a store clerk.
One day, as he closed the store, Lincoln discovered he had overcharged a customer by six cents. Now, in the mid-nineteenth century six cents was worth much more than it is today, but it was still not a great deal of money.
The six cents, however, belonged to the customer. To do the right thing, after work Abe Lincoln walked the three miles to return the money. It was a small thing, but it was the right thing to do. Jesus tells us, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10, ESV).
One of the greatest dangers facing the church is the tendency to embrace “selective obedience,” setting aside those aspects of God’s will which seem trivial or inconvenient.
Small compromises, however, inevitably make way for larger changes. Even the smallest transgression may be the starting point on a path that leads to eternal death.
None of us are perfect, and all must rely on God’s grace. The Lord is merciful and forgives sin, but the Lord never accepts sin as all right. We, therefore, should rest assured in God’s forgiveness. We must never, however, use God’s grace as an excuse to embrace what is wrong.

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