Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.” (Walter Lippmann, A Preface to Morals, 1929)
Character originates in our mind. Thoughts translate into words, words into actions, actions into habits, habits into character.
Garbage pollutes; truth ennobles. What we think, we become. Television, movies, magazines, and websites full of violence and sexual perversion corrupt the mind and cause nagging problems with rage and lust.
To be deterred from sin, we must internalize the Word of God as a personal treasure.
Traveling the highway of excellence is a far better use of life than wasting time in the sewer! If we keep heavenly thoughts foremost, we will become holy in the way we think. If we weave God’s thoughts into our mind, we will become pure in heart. If we program our mind with honorable thoughts, we will learn to live honorably.
To those whose lifestyle is a pattern of turning away from sin and obeying the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, God promises life’s highest distinction—Christlikeness. Child of God, stand tall, hold your head high, and march forward with dignity and grace until your Heavenly Father writes the name of Jesus on your forehead—the ultimate medal of honor.
“Make a medallion of pure gold. Using the techniques of an engraver, inscribe it with these words: Set Apart as Holy to the Lord.” (Exodus 28:36 NLT)
Johnny R. Almond
Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity
[This devotion based on Day 53 of Gentle Whispers]
Interim Pastor, Nomini Baptist Church; Montross, Virginia