A GOOD REPORT

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“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:12 ESV)

Have you ever, directly or indirectly, heard the statement “and you call yourself a Christian?” It usually comes from unbelievers who had placed believers on a high moral pedestal and were disappointed by the believer’s conduct. But this should not be the case.

We are saved by grace and we have a new life in Christ and it is our responsibility to let this show in our conduct. While we don’t run our lives on the opinions of others, especially those outside the faith, God cares that we have a good report among them.

In our anchor scripture, Apostle Peter was admonishing the church on this issue. While the church was facing heavy persecution when he wrote to them, they were prone to hate and punishment from unbelievers. However, they should not be able to fault the church for any wrong conduct.

They might revile you for proclaiming Christ and exile you for believing him but let it not be heard that you were caught in any wrongdoing.

“Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.” 1 Timothy 3:7 ESV

In the verse above, Apostle Paul was listing the requirements for a minister to be ordained. A good report among unbelievers is one of them.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church, he took it a step further by saying that it is shameful for Christians to sue each other (1 Corinthians 6:1-6). He added that it was better for a Christian to be defrauded by his brother than to lay their grievance before an unbelieving judge.

Dear believer, while we’re still growing in our faith, we should understand that we are representing God on earth. God is in us announcing reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:20), and we must do so with grace and dignity, so that through us, unbelievers can glorify God (Matthew 5:16)

In this fallen world, it is difficult to maintain a good moral standing. However, with the Holy Spirit’s influence in us, we have all that we need.

Your church family is also indispensable in living a morally excellent lifestyle. Among your brothers and sisters, you are stirred up and encouraged to live an excellent life. In situations where you may be tempted to compromise, you can lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ. Be accountable to them in humility and let them lift you back into stability in your Christian walk.

As a child of God, you are consciously or unconsciously held to a higher moral standard by people in the world. You should recognize this. Do not let God’s name be disdained on your account.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 12:12-19, I John 5:1-12, Job 17, Ezekiel 48

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