Ethicsis defined as a system of moral principles or the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.(Dictionary.com)
As a nurse I know we have a Code of Ethics which defines what nurses as a whole should strive to uphold. A code of ethics should reflect who we are, and how what we do should impact others.
As a Christian, I wondered if I could find our code of ethics somewhere in the Word of God. Holy Spirit led me to Romans Chapter 12 verses 9-21, and there it was – Our Christian Ethical Code.
The following list describes each of the 13 ethical points. I think these are worth printing out and posting on your fridge, in your office, or in your cubical at work.
(Based on Romans Chapter 12 verses 9-21 – Amplified Version)
1. Let your love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. (Rom.12:9)
2. Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. (Rom.12:10)
3. Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. (Rom.12:11)
4. Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. (Rom.12:12)
5. Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality. (Rom.12:13)
6. Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. (Rom.12:14)
7. Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief]. (Rom.12:15)
8. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. (Rom.12:16)
9. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. (Rom.12:17)
10. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Rom.12:18)
11. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God's] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. (Rom.12:19)
12. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. (Rom.12:20)
13. Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good. (Rom.12:21)