How do we appear before people?
Upstanding? Moral? Filled with the righteousness of Christ?
When we stand before the mirror, we can appear however we wish. It’s the smile on our face that does the trick. Practice it enough, and even the astute observer will see whatever we wish them to see.
It’s our character deep inside that makes us truly attractive. It’s our behavior, even when we think no one notices, that is appealing on an ongoing basis.
You’re in a grocery store. The produce section is yours alone. Do you snack on a few grapes before deciding not to buy? After all, there’s no one there to see.
How about at that party? As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. No one will know, after all.
When you’re alone at home and a racy movie comes on. Do you watch it or turn the channel? That’s the choice you must make.
Is it any easier when we’re with friends?
1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us to beware.
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’ ”
God expects us to choose people who will raise the bar for us, who will increase our moral fiber. We need people who will choose the right choices, even when no one is watching.
We see them count their change at the fast food counter, and it’s too much. What do they do?
They ask for advice on their taxes. They want to pay what they owe.
When they make a mistake at work, do they accept the blame?
It’s our good character that matters. We must be filled with the righteousness of Christ. That’s who we want to see when we stand before our mirror.
God is our standard, and we must strive to become like him.
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