“LORD, who shall abide in your tabernacle?
Who shall dwell in your holy hill? . . .
‘In whose eyes a vile person is condemned;
but he honors them that fear the LORD.
He that swears to his own hurt, and changes not.’ ”
Psalm 15:1, 4
Requirement #6: Make righteous judgments.
We are required to know what is good and what is evil, and to condemn those who are wicked and to honor those who are godly. In another place, the Psalmist said that if we want to live, we must “eschew evil”. But how can we refuse what is evil without judging what is evil? Or how can we “love what is good”, as God tells us to do, unless we first judge what is good?
Requirement #7: Be faithful.
When a righteous person has given his word that he will do a thing, he will be faithful to the person with whom he made that agreement – whether that other person is Jesus himself or the lowest sinner on earth. And he will keep his word even if he learns afterward that the deal he made is not the best deal he could have made. It’s not about the deal; it’s about being trustworthy.