Black, White or… Gray?

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Colossians 3
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It  is a full-time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to  honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every  moment. – Jasmine  Guy

The things above, the rich treasures. Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, (here’s that word “If again”) if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Whatsoever things are honest…

As it is with so many words, Honest in the Word does not mean exactly what the word “honest” does today, as applied to dealings or business transactions. In the word it includes what was regarded as worthy of reputation or honor, such as respect due to age and rank. It included what is right in the transaction of business, but it was much more. Ultimately it means that i am to show respect to all the proper customs of society, when they do not violate conscience or interfere with the law of God.

Honest: honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair, gained or obtained fairly, sincere, frank, genuine or unadulterated.

1 Timothy 3:1-13 expounds on these thoughts. If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.

The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected, a real credit to this Jesus-faith.

Looking at things “high above, rich treasures” i feel like for me to live them is to go over the edge, go past normal and dive into abnormal. These are not the new ground rules but those of old. Honest today is said to be relevant, depending on the circumstances, will it offend someone, if so “stretch the truth” as it’s said or just be as honest as i can?

If i’m dishonest in my words or actions, i hurt not only myself but often others as well. If i lie, steal, cheat, or neglect to give the full amount of work for my pay, i lose my self-respect. i may find that i have damaged relationships with family members and friends and that people no longer trust me.

Being honest requires courage and sacrifice, especially when others try to persuade me to justify dishonest behavior. If i find myself in such a situation, i can remember that the peace that comes from being honest is more valuable than the momentary relief of following the crowd.

Whatsoever things are true, Whatsoever things are honest, meditate on these “rich treasures,” these things “high above.”

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. – Hunter S.  Thompson

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Comments
  1. Seyi sandra says:

    You are right, I have found myself in several situations where the easiest way out is just to nod and said nothing, I didn’t and I lost friends… not really friends, but people who wanted me to go against God’s laid down rules for my life! A great post!
    🙂

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