11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
The next part of loving your neighbour according to Jewish law was about living with integrity. Yesterday the challenge was about how you live, today loving your neighbour is about who you are.
In our witnessing to those next to us, consistency of character is so important. The words Christian and hypocrite are synoynms for many people, but this doesn’t have to be the case. We are to live pure lives, be people of honesty and integrity and in being so we are showing Christ to those next to us.
For those under the Jewish law this meant:
- Do not steal from anyone (Lev. 19:11).
- Do not be deceptive in dealings with people (Lev. 19:11).
- Do not swear in God’s name (Lev. 19:12).
- Do not oppress, rob, or exploit the poor by paying unfair wages (Lev. 19:13).
- Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind (Lev. 19:14).
Is your life one of integrity?
Do your words, faith and actions match up?