CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL November 2, 2021. (WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT)
TOPIC: WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT
Read Philippians 4:8-9
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
MEMORISE: Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the Truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true (3 John 12)
Character, like a smoke, cannot be hidden for long. Whatever you are will soon be revealed to others, whether you like it or not. As long as the light of salvation dwells within you, everyone who comes in contact with you will see the light. It is possible for that light to be dull, if the believer is not careful enough to shine the light of Christ.
Good report is to be spoken well of by God and others. It is achievable when someone lives the life of Christ, inside and outside. When what you are on the inside is what you are on the outside with respect to Christ and Christ-likeness, that is called good report. It is synonymous with integrity. It is good report when the good life you possess in the church is what you carry into the world, as you go about your daily activities, in the sporting arena, place of Work, market, business place, or school. Any Christian who lives in contrast to his profession as Christian and engages in willful sinning, to the extent of even mingling with darkness and the world has a questionable salvation.
Such a person cannot be said to be of good report, and will do everything to hinder the report of his or her bad deed. This has necessitated the commemoration of International Day to End impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. Timothy described good report as one of the qualifications that a true church leader should possess (1 Tim. 3:17). Of course, in an earlier situation, the Apostle in Acts 6 had stated good report as one of the qualifications to be considered in selecting anyone to be among the seven prospective deacons.
That underscores how important this virtue is to God, and what it should be to His people. What are the people saying about you? Demetrius was well spoken of by everyone, and the truth Himself had good testimony about him. Like Demetrius, every Christian must live lives worthy of emulation, and more importantly, must desire to win souls for the Kingdom of Christ through good and godly character.
1. Help me, Lord, to form Christly character.
2. Lord, deliver me from hypocritical lifestyle that makes people behave the opposite of what they really are.
3. Lord, help our leaders to prioritise good report and testimony appointing people to places and positions of ministry, leadership, and responsibilities.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Jeremiah 17:8 – 20:5; 2 Timothy 2:14 – 3:8
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE