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Honorable Living

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While delivering a well-publicized speech, a respected leader and statesman got the attention of his nation by declaring that most of his country's honorable Members of Parliament were quite dishonorable. Citing lifestyles of corruption, pompous attitudes, unsavory language, and other vices, he rebuked the Members of Parliament and urged them to reform. As expected, his comments didn't go well with them and they dispatched counter-criticisms his way.

 

We may not be public officials in positions of leadership,but we who follow Christ are a "chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession: (1 Peter 2:9). As such, our Lord calls us to lifestyles that honor Him.

 

The disciple Peter had some practical advice on how to do this. He urged us to "abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul" (verse 11). Although he didn't use the word honorable, he was calling us to behavior worthy of Christ.

 

As the apostle Paul phrased it in his letter to the Philippians, "whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things" (Philippians 4:8). Indeed, these are the characteristics of behavior that honor our Lord.

-Lawrence Darmani

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I think it boils down to how you are going to sleep at the end of the day. If you have truly lived with honor, then you will sleep more peacefully than those with troubled consciences. Because no matter how you avoid or ignore your conscience, it would still win out at the end of the day, and people who walk the Earth with God in their hearts and having the capabilities to live life without stepping on others, I'd like to believe that they sleep better at night than those who steal from the needy for their own personal gains. But when it is all said and done, I'd also like to believe that God will do all the judging, and when the time comes, those who lived with honor would be rewarded for their actions.

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These days many Christians want to redefine what Christianity is, what is expected of Christians, etc, etc. Since Christians are supposed to be like Christ, the one question we need to answer at all times when we do anything is, "would Christ do this?" If the answer is "no" then we aren't being good disciples.

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