I recently received a double doctorate degree on money and what some scoundrels will do to get it. Ha. Over the years I have watched money destroy friendships, business and families and it always amazed me how small some people can become over money. It is also sort of comical to watch some people lie and cheat their way through life.
The bible has a couple of little verses for these lovely kinds of people. James 3:16 says, “for where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” 1st Timothy 6:10 says “for the love of money is the root of all evil.” Lastly, Galatians 6:7-9 tells us “do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man (or woman) soweth, he/she shall also reap.”
I recently ran into a situation with a person where I was literally astounded to find out how corrupt the person was. I had to laugh at myself for not seeing it coming. My scoundrel meter didn’t even send off an alarm. Ha. Wanting money that you didn’t earn will lead to all kinds of misconduct, falsehoods and deception and will destroy the fabric of any relationship. See, I believe that when someone cheats and steals they do not live as long as they may have, had they been honest. Being dishonest takes a toll on your health, peace, sleep and the joy of life that seem to be the basis for longevity. Oh, sure there is the occasional scoundrel that lives a long life, but that would not be the norm. Deceit is a very powerful inhibitor to long life because it basically eats you from the inside out. It is like a cancer that grows with each passing day, week, month and year.
Self-esteem is something you earn by doing what is right in your heart. It is often a term that is overlooked but has great impact on our health. Without it, you know when the lights are out who you really are and it has significant impact to your life and health.
We learned as children in the first grade the value of doing what is right. In fact, so many of the values we know today, were learned in the first grade. God says, don’t be fooled into thinking you have gotten away with something. He knows everything we do and the honestly behind it.
The world will always have scoundrels and they will always be among us, so the advice is to be alert in our interactions and just do what is right. KT