A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. — Proverbs 11:1
We should deal with people honestly both in financial issues, but all circumstances in life where cheating is possible. Nothing destroys a person’s reputation more than being accused of cheating people. It’s even more severe now with social media. I’ve seen it several times where someone posts not to do business with this person because they will scam you. Then that post gets shared around.
Our character and who we are as men is very important for our ministry. If you have no integrity, you’re not much of a man. There is nothing wrong with getting a good deal on something, but we also need to be fair and not swindle the person either. Even worse is to take advantage of a person that is down on their luck, i.e had a sudden case of medical bills, or some other financial disaster in their lives. We should always try to be fair. I love watching American Pickers (www.antiquearchaeology.com/), and one thing I like about them is, sometimes when they’re asking how much something is from a person, the person will give a price. The pickers will sometimes tell them, that it’s worth more than what the person is asking for it. We need to be like that!
I take my cars to the Mercedes dealership when I need it worked on. I don’t own a Mercedes, but they are extremely honest. When I say, hey there might be something wrong with this, many times they come back and say it is fine. There have been some other places, that always say you’re right this needs to be replaced, later on to find out it didn’t. I’m willing to pay a little bit more in service cost to know I’m being treated fairly. We should treat people how we want to be treated. . . and that means being fair in all circumstances.