Guarding your testimony

Leonard Henry Contributing columnist

September 13, 2013

Romans 14:16 says “Let not then your good be evil spoken of.” I would like to continue speaking about living a life that is pleasing to God.

Last week I shared with you about serving God in your bodies and how it makes a difference when witnessing for Christ. This verse covers a wide variety of subjects and issues that many Christian people are dealing with today. Some Christians engage themselves in activities that are not pleasing in the sight of God, and they try to justify their actions, behavior, and lifestyle by referring to saying that “the Bible says nothing about it.” Their thinking is that if the Bible says nothing about it, then it’s OK to do it, or if the preacher never speaks about it behind the pulpit, then I am OK engaging in it.

This is the thinking of many Christians all across the world.

Saints I am here to help you if this mirrors your behavior. Just because you can’t find the exact words in the Bible about a topic or issue does not give you and I the right to go out and do it. When we accepted Jesus in our lives and made him Savior and Lord over our lives that means we are to walk, talk, and live as he lived.

Everything about him is GOOD, and if we are in him and he is in us, then that’s the meaning of this verse. We take on his identity, so therefore all who are confessing to be Christians should be doing GOOD things for the Lord. This verse lets it be known that where evil or ungodly behavior is, we as Christians should not be around.

Hanging around these places and being around this behavior puts a Christian’s testimony in question.

Ephesians 4:27 says “neither give place (opportunity) to the devil.” When you place yourself around ungodly behavior it can give Satan a chance to defile your character, which should reflect that of Jesus. You have heard of the old saying “guilty by association.” It’s so true in today’s society. It’s during these moments people are confused by who you say you are because your confession doesn’t line up with your lifestyle. Ask Jesus to help you PROTECT your testimony that you will not compromise who you say you are, just to please others. Pleasing God in all we do should be our focus, each and every day.