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09/25/2008

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The "Approved" Man

"He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart" (Ps. 15:2)

Do you recall buying a new item of clothing and reaching into one of the pockets? You find a tag that says, "Inspected by # 15--Approved. My mom worked is a dress shop (actually a "sweat shop") as I was growing up. The dresses started as pieces of cloth, and after passing by several women working at machines, they became they became the final product. One person at the end was to inspect each dress as it would leave the shop, to see that there were no flaws in it. If a flaw was found, depending on its severity, it was either repaired, discarded, or sold as a "second." Those that passed were "approved."

Who is the "approved man?" According to this verse, it is one "whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart." What does this actually mean? I think that it speaks for itself. On our Christian walk we must try our very best to do the things that are right in the eyes of our Lord....The righteous things. The words that we speak should always be the truth, spoken from a pure heart. A pure heart cleansed by our Savior.

Who is the "approved man?" "And has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman."(v 3) He is the one who understands how to treat other people. More specifically, this person is one who would not gossip or speak badly about another behind his back. The person would not do anything against another just to benefit self. His intentions toward others is without ulterior motive.

Who is the "approved man?" "Who despises a vile man but honors those that fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent."(vs 4-5) This person knows and understands the value and cost of personal integrity. Few things a harder or more prized than personal integrity. Integrity that causes us to always take the high road even if it hard, because it is right.It keeps us from having to buy ourselves out of trouble with lies and excuses.

Wouldn't it be great to have in our pockets a tag that said. "Inspected by God..APPROVED.

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