I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Deep Thought Thursday: Whatsoever Things Are Honest

Phi 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Honest
[L. honestus, from honos, honor.]
1. Upright; just; fair in dealing with others; free from trickishness and fraud; acting and having the disposition to act at all times according to justice or correct moral principles; applied to persons.

Let’s take this scripture, focus on the aspect of honest, and go through this definition part by part. Ok? Great!

Upright; just; fair in dealing with others
(1Pe 2:12 “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” )

*The word conversation here means our actions and speech. For example; putting someone else in a bad position by selling them something without disclosing the negatives just so you can make more money. Like selling your house without mentioning the walls are full of mold. Sure, you make more money in the short term, but will God bless you because of that behavior? Complete disclosure of the facts is necessary; whether it benefits us or not. Many of us do not tell the whole truth sometimes because it means admitting our mistakes.

We want others to tell the whole story when we have been wronged, but when we wrong others, we are quick to make it seem like it wasn’t such a big deal. Maybe we downplay how loud our voice was, or we pretend like we said something that sounds good when we really called the other person a bad name. Why? Because it makes us look better. And everyone knows nobody likes feeling bad about their behavior, or having to apologize for being wrong. But God says we must!

Why are we to do this? Because the world will see our good works, our uprightness, fairness, honest living, and will glorify God. Isn’t that the point? To live right and make them want what we have in Christ? They can’t see our good works if we’re not doing any!

Free from trickishness and fraud
Be honest about who we are in Jesus Christ....don't hide the fact that you're a Christian. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" Rom. 1:16

That means with our family on vacation, at work, with unsaved people, when we're the only one who has a belief in Jesus, we are not to be a fraud; we are to stand for the Lord.

Is it always easy? No! My husband's parents are unsaved. They are Greek orthodox. So many times they say things that are totally way off-base. The easy thing to do is ignore it when they say something that conflicts with the Bible, act like I didn't hear them. If I don't say anything, then won't they be much more respectful of me? No! If I can't stand up for what is right, and what I believe, then why should they want to believe it? Doing the right thing is not always the easy thing.

It is never pleasing to the Lord for us to be hypocrites. Maybe you have a family who is religious, but not saved. When you’re with them, do you share the things you have read in your Bible? Or blessings the Lord has given you? Or do you “just not go there with them” because you’re afraid of their reaction? If we are going to be Christians, and unashamed, then we need to speak up! Many times people would be a whole lot more interested in our faith if we acted like it was interesting! We should ALWAYS have something wonderful to say about our Savior! Even on our worst day we can be thankful that our sins are forgiven. Let’s be honest about our relationship with God, and not try to hide it, even if it makes other people uncomfortable.

Acting and having the disposition to act at all times according to correct moral principles.
So, not only when we're around Christian people, but in every situation and every area of our life, we are to exemplify Christ- in our actions, attitudes, and words. So if someone is saying something to you and it's off-color, or vulgar, or offensive, it is your duty as a Christian to stop them, and stand for what is right. No matter the situation, have the right attitude. Don’t be like those in Titus 1:16:

"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."

The word reprobate here means: Abandoned in sin; lost to virtue or grace. This verse is talking about unbelievers, but how sad would it be to have Christians fit this description: they profess to know God when they’re around others who do, but never mention His name in casual conversation with people at work, never have anything to share from His Word, and certainly wouldn't want to offend anyone with their "God-talk". Their words and actions are totally disobedient.

We need to remember that in order to live honest lives, we are to conduct ourselves at all times in a way that is Christ- honoring, and make Him the number one priority. Acting at all times according to correct moral principles means doing things we know will glorify God. Can you look back in your life and see the ways you have conducted yourself honestly, been true to who you are in Christ, and had others glorify God through your good works?

If not, then some introspection is due. And repentance. God will hear and forgive! Let us live honest lives before the Lord so we may win others to Christ!

2 Comments:

  • Anonymous

    Amen! Thanks for the devotional today. It was weird, because I was mediating on the exact same verse this morning before I read your blog. Haha! Have a wonderful day with the Lord! :) From your sis in Christ, Carissa

  • FriedOkra

    (Scrounges around for "chastened" emoticon) Julie, just yesterday I discovered hubs and I had been "left out" of an upcoming social event in the neighborhood. I felt hurt and offended. After reading your post, it occurs to me that said event would have kept me in conflict with what I believe AND done so in front of people for whom I feel I should be setting a good example. So now I just feel relieved and protected and thankful. Your discussion helped me see God's loving hand in this situation. Thank you!

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