“LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?
Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? . . .
‘He that does not lend money on interest,
or take a reward against the innocent.
He that does these things shall never be moved.’ ”
Psalm 15:1, 5
Requirement #8: Be merciful to those who are vulnerable.
The Amalekites took advantage of every defenseless person they ever met. That is why God swore to Moses that He would eradicate them from the earth. Godly people are not like Amalekites; they have compassion on those less fortunate than they. If you can help one of God’s people with a loan, just do it without using the opportunity to enrich yourself. Remember, “He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD.”
Requirement #9: Do not lie for money.
You do not have to like everybody, but you absolutely must treat everybody honestly. If someone is innocent, then he is innocent. Do not be influenced by money to speak evil of anyone when you (1) know he is innocent and (2) when you don’t know for certain that he is guilty. Maintain your integrity.
God has promised that those who live according to these simple rules of personal integrity will live forever. Resist the pressures around you to compromise on any of them. God will remember your faithfulness, and He is “not slack concerning His promises.” You will be blessed with His eternal favor, and from that blessing, you “shall never be moved.”