"The customer is always right" doesn't mean "the customer is always right."
It means you treat him as if he's right even when he isn't.
When I worked as a waitress, I served a number of people who were demanding and irritable. They definitely weren't always right, but I had to act as if they were.
Fortunately, when we serve God, we never have to fake it.
"The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does."
The Bible is full of absolute statements about God's unfailing love (Psalm 33:5) and His flawless Word (Psalm 12:6). And these absolutes are not like the world's fake absolutes. We can say "the Lord is always right" with the assurance that it means "the Lord is always right."
But this is the question we should ask ourselves: do we live like we believe this?
live like atheists. We can talk the talk without walking the walk. But Scripture sets us straight:
1 Corinthians 4:20: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
2. God requires belief that involves the heart, not simply the mouth:
Romans 10:10: For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
3. Colossians 3 offers some helpful suggestions for walking the walk. Can you list them and think of practical ways to live them out?
Colossians 3:1-3,5,16-17: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God...5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry...16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
You can read this entire passage (1-17), if you like. I cut it down to the things most pertinent to our study, but the entire passage is helpful.
See "Dwelling" for a 1-minute idea about letting God's Word dwell in your heart
After working through this study, read my insights HERE.
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