In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. Proverbs 12:28
Most people would not make a deal with someone who appears to be dishonest. People everywhere want to be treated in a right and good way. To be taken advantage of by a salesman and realizing it afterwards grinds upon our inner self especially if we have no recourse. People that are dishonest in their dealings don’t much like it when it happens to them. So, what are we to do? We are to remain righteous in our dealings always. Getting even, cheating and covering the truth is simply wrong. The way of righteousness should be the goal of everyone, especially the people of God. We are on our way of life and what we do in this way is up to us. Living righteously is the only way God wants us to live but not even all Christians live this life because they have not grown in Christ. Having someone give you an extra dollar in change and knowing they did and not giving it back, puts you on the pathway of death; not graveyard death but a path that there is no Christ like life on it. Evil deeds and actions show no life in Christ if you are a child of God; it shows that you are still listening and obeying your old carnal dead nature.
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. (Acts 5:1-4) Here was a man and wife that were saved by the grace of God but they allowed their old sinful nature to control them. Rather than to tell the truth, they picked the pathway of death. In their case, it was actual physical death because God judged them right there and then. They were made an example to help us realize the importance of honesty. We need to always be on guard to not permit ourselves to fall into the trap of Satan and live a life of death but to live a life of righteousness in all ways.