Thought for Thursday

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. Philippians 4:8

How much is your handshake worth? If you were called upon to take part in a joint venture with others, involving a great deal of money and a large amount of work, is your handshake with the others in the venture at the outset as good as the others expect your participation and effort to be at the conclusion? There are great businesses today that operate on the handshake principle, and they are not disappointed. Their partners know that the handshake is worth full value. Their dealings are honest because their hearts are honest. Not many are like that, though. So we need to look to the Lord Jesus for our example and instruction in honesty.

The other day I was impressed with an offer that came in the mail. It proposed to provide me, for considerably less than I am now spending, with Internet service that is better than I now receive. However, throughout the interesting information in the ad were little numbers. I checked the bottom of the page and found those little numbers were exceptions to the offer being made. The descriptions of those exceptions were in print so small that I could barely read them. I was glad I made the effort because the fine print made the wonderful offer into almost a joke. Always read the fine print, says the wise man. And always remember that Jesus never used fine print. Read His words in the Gospels. You won’t find any double-talk, no hidden meanings, no loopholes or preferential treatment. God’s dealings with mankind have always been just and equitable, and honest. And the Lord Jesus showed us that when He was here.

In his excellent books on human relations, Dale Carnegie teaches that the best way to succeed with people is to treat them the same way that you want them to treat you. Now, where did he get that idea? The golden rule has always been the masterpiece in human relations, and it teaches us to always be honest and just.

If we train our minds to always be honest with people, and treat them fairly every time, we will be a little bit more like our Saviour in His dealings with us. -Jim MacIntosh

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