Ethics: human moral conduct according to principles of what is good or right to do.
Every few years I’m required to renew my license as a life insurance agent. The state of California requires every agent to take 4-hours of continuing education on the subject of “ethics.” When my renewal rolls around, I sign up for the course believing I already practice ethically. “Why do I have to waste my time and money on this course? O well, it will be easy at least, a piece of cake!” But as I’m reading through the material, I notice areas where I have become lax. These are not serious violations; just little things included in due-diligence I no longer take seriously, but are important. Then I started to think about the new assistant our department is training. Are we setting a good example? When she takes her licensing test, will she compare what she’s learned with our business habits and say she works for ethical and disciplined people? After finishing the course, I kept the notes I highlighted on the areas I found myself lacking. As I practice my profession through this next licensing period, I have committed to improve upon these areas realizing the periodic reminder of how I should be performing effectively resulted in its intended outcome.
As children of God, our central concern should be doing what is good and right. The Bible focuses on all God requires of us including laws governing personal, as well as, community conduct. But if we are lax in studying His word, or at the minimum daily reading of His word, how will we know if our course is true? His divinely inspired Word has been given to us as a manual for living rightly before Him. As we commit to living according to the principle of God, He is faithful to give us all we need to live accordingly (2 Pet 1:3). When we find ourselves falling short, we need not struggle on our own to fix. Instead, we are to confess our sins to Him who is faithful to forgive and heal. Relying wholly upon His Spirit to correct our thinking and actions, we will find ourselves practically living out His principles according to His word.
2 Peter 1:3–4 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.