This verse stood out from my Bible reading this morning: Proverbs 19:1 KJV “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.”
Proverbs 28:6 KJV “Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.”
Character of a person is more valuable than money or possessions. The world’s philosophy is this: “Get all that you can, by any means you can, and any way you can.” Some deceive, trick, and connive others out of their money and possessions. Their words are crooked and wrong. They seek to get rich anyway possible. They do not understand this Biblical principle: “Character matters”.
Your character matters. A person who is honest and godly is greater than a man who has great riches and is a fool or perverse. Better to be honest and hungry than wealthy and perverse.
Proverbs 22:1 KJV “¶ A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
How to have godly character:
1. Be honest in all your dealings – personal and business – Romans 12:17 KJV “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
Galatians 6:10 KJV “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
2. Be honest in your speech – speak the truth in love and mercy -Colossians 4:6 KJV “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
3. Be honest in your love and concern for others – 1 John 3:17–18 KJV “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
4. Be honest before the Lord – Psalms 139:23–24 KJV “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
John Wesley said, “Earn all you can, save all you can, and give all you can.” He lived his life by godly principles.
Good article on John Wesley’s giving – http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/1987/winter/87l1027.html