Houston Forward Times

09 July 2014 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson

Lesson 8: The Pillar of Fairness

12 PILLARS OF CHARACTER FOR TOOL BOX MEN/BOY

(TOOL BOX MEN and BOYS BUILDING FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING)

THE BIG IDEA: Things that last in life are built from the inside out.

Bible Fact: Men and boys that make the Word of God their tool box for building their personal lives will please God and have great success.

Joshua 1:8; I Corinthians 13:11

As a TOOL BOX man or boy’s character is being built God is at work inside of them to do four (4) valuable things: It is up to each individual man and boy to do at least four (4) things to help the greatness and completeness of their potential to come out:

  1. He must cultivate the small potentials;
  2. He must culturalize the development process;
  3. He must cooperate with a system of standards that will keep him growing in the right direction; and
  4. He must communicate often with the creator of his true potential for the rest of his life.

A small-town baker bought his butter from a local farmer. After weighing his butter, he concluded the farmer had been reducing the amount in the packages but charging the same. Therefore, the baker accused the farmer of fraud. In court the judge asked the farmer, "Do you have measuring weights?" "No sir," replied the farmer.
"How then do you manage to weigh the butter that you sell?"

The farmer answered, "When the baker began buying his butter from me, I thought I’d better get my bread from him. I have been using his 1-pound loaf as the weight for the butter I sell. If the weight of the butter is wrong, he has only himself to blame." ---(Ref: Preceptaustin.Org. Matthew 7 Commentaries 1. http://www.preceptaustin.org/matthew_71-2.htm . Accessed August 14, 2011.)

I. Defined: What is it?

FAIRNESS: the ability to act or make judgments without prejudice or bias in order to advance one’s own self-interest. Not showing favoritism toward one side or another

Questions:

1. What do you think are some everyday signs that people are not voluntarily willing to be fair with others?

2. Why do you think fairness is important to people?

II. Demonstrated: What will it do or how is it applied in life?

A. Being fairness with others starts with the Golden Rule; Matthew 7:12; 18:23-35

B. True fairness does not store up grudges; Genesis 50:15-21

C. A Tool Box man/boy will make fairness to others one of his goals to live by; Matthew 5:45-48

III. Reward: How does it benefit?

A. Abraham’s ability to be fair with Lot brought him more blessings than he could claim; Genesis 13:7-18; Philippians 2:3