Think on This: “Honest”

Far too many people consider honesty to be relative. “I’m quite honest (most always).” “I’m more honest than most of the folks I know.” You get the point. Where is complete honesty to be found? It should be found among God’s people and often is, but (sadly) not always. Paul’s inspired command is to: “….Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” (From Romans 12:17). James was inspired to give this charge: “….let your yea be yea; and (your) nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” (From James 5:12). Thinking on “honest” is the second thing we are to think seriously on, in the Philippians 4:8 list. Why is it important to really focus on these things? Proverbs 23:7 suggests an answer: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so (is) he.”  What we constantly fill our minds with is what we become! The “flip side” is whatever is wrong that we do not let God’s Word purge from our thoughts, occupies space in our hearts that is intended for God to fill. Think on this stanza excerpted from Susan H. Peterson’s hymn, “Behold, These Words Are Trustworthy and True.” How fitting for today’s subject: “Behold, says Jesus, Quick I come again; most blest is he who keeps My Words made plain.  The time is near; reward is in sight, so holy stay and always seek the right.  The First, the Last, Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega e’er I am.” Selah! The mind and heart are very closely related. Those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior want Scripture to dominate their thinking; Satan wants to capture our hearts and minds. Let God’s Word block him!   Ron

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