May it be said of us, too.
As the writer wrapped up the book of Hebrews, he stated that he had “…a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.” (Hebrews 13:18).
He didn’t go so far as to say that he had been successful in living honorably in every way, but he at least started with that desire. Again I say, may that be our desire as well.
To “live honorably” meant to do what was good and right. But the word the writer chose could also rightly be interpreted as “winsomely attractive.” I love this added insight because it reminds us to do the right thing with the right attitude. When we do so, others will be attracted to the light we shine. We’ll win them over to the ways of God as we are winsomely attractive in EVERY situation.
In contrast, doing the right thing under compulsion – while remaining the right thing – is neither winsome nor attractive. Nobody is won to our side when we grumble and complain while we struggle to do the right thing. Let’s face it; a scowl on our face is just not as attractive as a smile.
We know from the outset that we won’t pull this off all the time, but let’s at least have it within our hearts to want to live in this way. –Dave
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