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Psalms 15:1-5 A Psalm of David. LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?

A Psalm of David. LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the LORD; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Is this a complete list of characteristics that mark a Christian life? No, not at all. For example, this list does not include sexual purity; a major stumbling block these days. I'm sure that members of other religions can demonstrate similar lists of character traits as a prerequisite for claims of membership in their own faith. And I have seen individuals whose conduct did not include obedience to this list but claimed faith in the LORD Jesus Christ..

The LORD, God, the Almighty has, in His wisdom and kindness, has very expressively removed that burden from my shoulders. Not just lifted it from my shoulders but emphatically insisted that it is not my problem. John Arthur Nunnikhoven is my problem, don't push the boundaries.

“And by the way, John, have you considered what I have to say in my Word about.......? Oh, John, have you shared the foundations of your faith with others today? Say what, your behavior is sufficient witness. Tell me you're kidding. This is not a joking matter.”

Reading

Morning Psalm 100, Noon Psalm 121-128, Evening Psalm 40