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Question 192

Q: I heard your sermons about money and investing it, and you said something that really got to me.

There’s a verse in the Bible that you read, that “whoever is faithful in a little is faithful in much, and whoever is dishonest in a little is dishonest in much.”

Well, a few days before I even heard your sermon, the Holy Spirit was telling me that what I was doing was wrong. You see, I’m a college student and I live out-of-district for my college, so I’m using my friend’s address as my own, to be listed as in-district. As you may know, living out-of-district costs much more than living in-district. I didn’t think it was hurting anybody. It’s just a “little” thing, like you said on Sunday. But lately it’s been on my conscience. And Sunday morning, after listening to your sermon, I vowed to use my own address and pay whatever I have to pay. But I was just wondering what your thoughts are on this.  Do YOU think it’s wrong? 

Asked by: Emma, Chicago

A: Oh Emma, I’m so glad that you heard that sermon, and I’m so glad that God pricked your conscience, and I’m doubly glad that you did the right thing.

Absolutely it was wrong for you to give a friend’s address so that you would get cheaper tuition at university. The fact is that if you’re out of state, you have to tell that you are out of state, and you have to pay extra, but that’s the rule and God led you to do the right thing.

This is a great lesson for all of us, and no matter what your dilemma is today, we have something to learn from Emma. Doing the right thing is often very, very difficult, but it’s so much better to do that and to have a clear conscience before God and man than to rationalize our sin and continue to live in disobedience.

Thanks Emma, thanks for writing and thanks for your example. God bless you in the days ahead.

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