A Code of Conduct

August 3, 2016

A Code of Conduct

There is universal agreement about the need of a code of conduct. The problem is that not everyone agrees about what should be included in that code. A peaceful society wouldn’t exist without some basic moral standards. Even criminals have some standards that they expect other criminals to abide by. The golden rule that Jesus gave us in Matthew 7:12 demands that we have a code of conduct.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” It is saying that you expect others to treat you by the same code of conduct that controls you in your treatment of them.

Businesses and governmental agencies often have a code of conduct that they expect their employees to abide by. This helps businesses to maintain a good relationship between their employees and their clientele. Sometimes they say “The customer is always right.” These codes of conduct facilitate good relationships between the employees. They often have a dress code that tells employees how they are expected to dress. It is to the advantage of both the employer and the employees.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to us that God gives us a code of conduct. If we know and love God, it should be our desire to please him. In God’s code of conduct for us are found many of the same moral standards that are found in society in general. Some, for example, are found in the ten commandments. “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). “Thou shalt not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15). “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). God’s code of conduct asks of us much more than is normally included in the world’s standards. For example we read in Luke 6:29, “And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.” Also Romans 12:20 says, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”

God’s code of conduct doesn’t demand of us more than we are capable of completing. If you are a child of God, you can show it by the way you live, or by how well you abide by his code of conduct. In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

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