HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.” 2 Corinthians 8:21
We are taking pains to do what is right — it is the best and noblest rule.
It is the way of JESUS CHRIST. He was so poor that He had nowhere to lay His head — yet He was careful to owe no man anything. Render unto Caesar, He said, the things which are Caesar’s. That takes, He said about the temple shekel, and give unto them for Me and you. My dear and glorious Lord, to whom all men in their hopeless bankruptcy were deep in debt, was Himself in debt to none. And I must walk in my Master’s footsteps.
It is the certificate of the WORLD. The sharp-eyed world judges religion approves it or condemns it — by the ethics of the disciple. It is watching my character keenly and carefully. If it finds me scrupulously honourable, true to my word, anxious to meet every claim — then it will think well of my faith and my King.
It is the herb of Heart’s-Ease to MYSELF. I have little rest or peace if I do not do what is right. My conscience condemns me; my thoughts are troubled and distressed; I am the haunted victim of a hundred forebodings and fears. But I look the whole world in the face when I think only of the things which are true and lovely and of good report. I live in a peaceful habitation through spring and summer and autumn and winter.
Yes, it is the best and noblest rule.