“Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, and we have cheated no one.”
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 7:2 – “Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, and we have cheated no one.”
The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says
Life coach Douglas Woods says: ‘Each of us holds many values … Some … superficial, transitory, or fitting solely the moment in which we find ourselves. Others are more fixed and stay with us through our life; these are our “core values”.’
Paul could adapt to any culture in order to reach people for Christ, but when it came to his core values he could say, ‘We have wronged no one.’
Your core values are:
1) Your friends and lifelong companions. Abraham Lincoln said, ‘When I lay down the reins of this administration I want to have one friend left, and that friend is inside myself.’
2) Your compass. Seasons, relationships, circumstances, and goals change, but core values remain. Like a compass, they always point you in the right direction. Is living this way easy? No.
Doubters will think you are foolish because you walk by faith. People without family values will not understand your devotion to your family.
The carnally minded will not understand your dedication to Christ. Those whose core values differ from yours will try to convince you to follow them, or lower your standards.
3) Your anchor. Without core values you are adrift. Any storm can take you under; any current can carry you places you do not want to go. With core values you have an anchor that holds even when the weather gets nasty.
Addressing issues that come with age, Christian psychologist Dr James Dobson says: ‘Midlife crisis is more a phenomenon of the wrong value system, than the age of the group in which it occurs.
All of a sudden you realise the ladder you’ve been climbing is leaning against the wrong wall.’
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