“…who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.“ Psalm 15:5
Bribery is the ability to persuade another to act in your favor, and often the tendencies are illegal or unethical. If we act accordingly, soon we will find the ground beneath us will be shaken. The bribe usually comes as a promise to disclose information that will often lead to embarrassment or shame. People who use bribes to shame another think there is a fulfillment that will bring them reward, only to find it brings a total loss of trust.
What a shame to think a believer would use bribes to gain! The thinking pattern of using brides is usually motivated by fear. When others become fearful of loss or find it difficult to fail, panic stricken people will run to bribes as a way out. Fright overcomes reason which leads to sin. Whenever we find ourselves being consumed with fear of failure be cautious of the heart.
The heart is a place where decisions are made, and when fear occupies the space, it could lead to doing things that are less than ethical. It could result in quick decisions which then could send us down a road of destruction. The answer is to always stay in truth. Keep all actions in the light, for if we should hide them, we begin to sway. Our workplace is sacred, and our actions there will be held accountable. Keep them in the light!
Today in the workplace:
Can your actions be brought into the light?