Jul 3, 2013

whatsoever things// HONEST

Philippians 4:8—“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, … think on these things.”

Being honest means that someone is not a liar, right? In the Bible, honesty is almost always describing a person's walk, or way of life. According to Romans 13:13, we are commanded to walk honestly. Christians are supposed to live honestly, but what exactly does that mean? I looked up the dictionary definition of honest and discovered that living honestly simply means to consistently live honorably. We as Christians are to live our lives in such a way that the world cannot accuse us of wrongdoing. We do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to shine through us so that we, our personalities, are completely hidden behind the image of Christ. This is much easier said than done, but if we consistently read our Bibles every day, and pray, and then apply what we learned from that to our daily lives, shoving ourselves out of the way so the Holy Ghost can work will get much easier as time goes by.

Now, that defines the word honesty, but it does not explain what makes things honest. What are the honest things we as Christians are to think about? Does the word honest mean we can only think about those things that are actually true? Or does it mean we can only think about those things that don't perpetuate lies? (Wouldn't this cut out much of the media today?) I believe this is simply saying Christians need to think on honorable things. Disney movies aren't exactly honest in the sense that they did not happen in reality, but they are honorable, for the most part, because almost all of them portray some kind of good conquering evil. This is simply an example to get the brain juices flowing. If you believe that Disney is wrong, please don't get upset with me or think I am trying to convince you they are right. Every single person has the right to believe what she chooses the Bible says. No one, except your parents, has the right to force you against your will. This verse is simply saying that Christians need to think on those things that are honorable, that strengthen biblical principles and our faith.

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