” Be Open And Honest “

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Truth and honesty are very important things to be if we bear the name Christian, Jesus always was open and honest in delivering His Fathers message of hope to the world. When He said to remember they hated Him before they hate you tells us His message was not a popular one but a needful one. Therefore when we are reproached for the name of Christ we are happy. (1 Peter 4:11-14).  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

 

 

When Jesus was questioned about His doctrine by the high priest Jesus said how He always spoke openly to the world, and that He said nothing in secret. (John 18:19-21).  The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

 

 

If we stand fast in the Lord we are unmovable in His ways, and when He is the center of our life we can only think upon what brings honor to Him in all our actions. (Philippians 4:4-8).  Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, 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.

 

 

In the book of Acts we see the importance of honesty and guidance of the Holy Spirit when they chose Stephen out of seven appointed men because of the wisdom by the Spirit of God He had! (Acts 6:3-10).

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