Biblical Life Tips
This is a new section designed to give you some Bible verses to help you with your decision making. This section does not include every topic you will face in life, but a few that have been asked about many times over the past few years.
Proverbs 3:4-6: If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (TLB)
- Don’t be quick to judge: Acts 11:2-18
- God’s standards versus society’s standards: 1 Samuel 16:7; Luke 3:2 [3rd note]
- How God judges others: Psalm 1:1
- Avoid double standards when judging others: Isaiah 11:3-5
- We’re experts at telling others what to do: Matthew 5:19
- Why it should be left to God: Matthew 13:40-43; 1 Corinthians 4:5
- We can’t know who will be in God’s Kingdom: Matthew 13:47-49
- Can’t judge others’ salvation: Matthew 16:27
- Use compassion and forgiveness first: John 8:7
- Difference between judging others and dealing with their sin: 1 Corinthians 5:12
- Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment: John 7:24
- While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with Him and His disciples. When He visited Matthew, Jesus hurt His own reputation. Matthew was cheating the people, but Jesus found and changed him. We should not be afraid to reach out to people who are living in sin – God’s message can change anyone: Matthew 9:13
- The Pharisees constantly tried to trap Jesus, and they thought His association with these “lowlifes” was the perfect opportunity. They were more concerned with their own appearance of holiness than with helping people, with criticism than encouragement and with outward respectability than practical help. But God is concerned for all people, including the sinful and hurting. The Christian life is not a popularity contest! Following Jesus’ example, we should share the gospel with the poor, immoral, lonely and outcast; not just with the rich, moral, popular and powerful: Matthew 9:11-12
- Those who are sure they are righteous can’t be saved, because the first step in following Jesus is acknowledging our need and admitting we don’t have all the answers: Matthew 9:13
- Jesus’ friends looked down on some people because they were different, but Jesus accepted all kinds of people, even people no one else liked. Jesus loves everyone: Philippians 1:17-18
- Cheating is a mistake because it assumes that the end justifies the means. Cheating implies that the grade is more important than the way in which it is attained. If you can take shortcuts and still end at the same place, what’s the difference?
- Cheating is a mistake because it assumes that no one is affected by the cheater. How do you feel when someone cheats off your work after you studied all night for the exam?
- Cheating is a mistake because you may lose everything. You may cheat once and not get caught, but the problem is that cheating easily becomes a way of life.
- Most importantly, cheating is a mistake because God says it’s wrong. The Bible says not to lie, and that’s exactly what cheating is. Those who cheat are saying that the work is theirs, they have obeyed the rules and they have done their best. But it’s a lie.
- Genesis 12:10-20: Abram told his wife, Sarai, to lie and tell everyone that she was his sister. Abram was treated well at first, but Pharaoh and his household suffered greatly. Eventually Abram and Sarai were sent away. Abram should have told the truth and trusted God to protect him.
- Acts 5:1-10: Ananias and Sapphira probably wanted to look more spiritual and generous than they were. They should have been honest about what they were giving, or they should have given nothing at all. The Christians probably learned that God places great importance on telling the truth.
- Genesis 27:1-45: Jacob and Rebekah dressed up Jacob so he would seem like Esau and fool Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing. Jacob wanted the blessing and inheritance; Rebekah wanted to help her favorite son. Isaac was hurt; Esau was enraged; Jacob got a reputation for being a cheater and had to run for his life.
- Proverbs 19:22, John 8:44: The biggest problem with cheating is that it is lying, and God hates lying.
- Proverbs 11:18: The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
- Proverbs 20:17: Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
- Colossians 3:9 & Ten Commandments: Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.
- Cheating violates God’s clear commands.
- Vain about our good looks? — 1 Samuel 16:7
- Cocky about our intelligence? — Jeremiah 9:23-24
- Proud of our physical strength? — Hosea 10:13
- Snobby about our wealth? — Psalm 49:12
- Arrogant because we are better Christians than others? — Luke 18:9-14
- Trying to impress God? — James 4:6-10
- 1 Peter 5:5-6: Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
- Most of our pride problems focus on our own insecurity. We have forgotten who made us (God); who gave His life for us (Jesus); and how we will be judged by God. We spend our lives needlessly comparing ourselves to others. Are we smarter, stronger or richer? PRIDE comes when we compare ourselves with others.
- James 4:6: Don’t let the deadly sin of pride rule your life. It destroys loving relationships, disrupts personal peace and robs us of our joy. Remember James 4:6: God rejects the proud and helps the humble.
The Bible gives clear direction on handling sexual temptation (Genesis 39:5-10; Job 31:1; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 5:1-3) through fleeing, walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) and setting our hearts on things above (Colossians 3:1-14). The cleansing love of God (2 Corinthians 5:14-21) drives out unworthy thoughts and attitudes, empowers us to love (John 15:13; 1 John 4:7-21) and releases us to become truly masculine or feminine.
God designed us to move beyond ourselves. The word sex comes from the Latin secare, which literally means “something has been cut apart that longs to be reunited.” In Genesis 2:18 God says, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”
Continue to this page for additional guidance regarding sexual sin.