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Character Matters
By Pastor John

Exodus 20:15-16
15 "You shall not steal. 16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Lack of Character hurts others.

Something stolen is something taken from someone else.

We all pay higher prices for goods because about 150 million times each year somebody shoplifts something from a store.

We all pay higher auto and home owners insurance because of insurance fraud.

Telling lies about other people often harms them.           

Galatians 6:10
"So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith."

Lack of Character hurts us.

Numbers 32:23b
23    . and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.
The consequences of lying and stealing can be significant - fines, prison, lost job.

Annanias and Sapphira lost their lives over greed and lies (Acts 5).

It hurts our credibility.

It hurts our Christian testimony.

I once knew a Church elder who said he had to sell more insurance to people than they really needed. He took advantage of people, including his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lack of character disappoints God.

God knows all of our sins. He knows if we cheat on our taxes.  He knows when we lie.  He sees all.

"I am the way, the truth and the life."

He is truth. Lies and thefts come from Satan
John 8:44.
"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies."

John 10:10
"The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly."

Show some Christian character and repent
Ephesians 4:28
"Let him who steals steal no longer."

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