Living as a Good Witness
Maintaining Honorable Conduct
by J.M. Troppello
11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (I Peter 2:11-12, NKJV)
Without going into details, I experienced a situation on Twitter recently where I tweeted a few tweets in defense of someone who had been experiencing excessive online bullying for a long time. The person who instigated the bullying is a Christian or at least she claims to be one. I’m not writing here to judge her personally. As a Christian myself, I am not called to judge others. Engaging in bullying against someone – and instigating others to join in the harassment – is so wrong that it disgusts me.
I only bring this subject up because I want to do my best to live as a good witness each day and maintain honorable conduct. Honestly, I fail many times. Usually, I try to think carefully before I post anything on social media because I know that putting a negative witness out there can turn others away from Christ. However, I know I react poorly at times to people, places, and circumstances. Just know that I’m including myself in this lesson that we all need to know.
Life has been so polarized these days. Polarization exists on all spectrums like in politics, religion, entertainment, etc. You never know when something you say online or in-person to someone will trigger them to get mad and retaliate.
Living Before the World
I love the passage from I Peter 2:11-12. In my NKJV Bible, this section is titled, Living Before the World. Peter urges believers to remember that they are sojourners and pilgrims. This world is not our home. As a Christian, I am only passing through this world and one day will spend eternity in Heaven.
I love the Lord with all my heart. My devotion to Him grows more each day. I want to do better and be better as a Christian. I want to be a true light in this world. If I continually act in my flesh, that is never going to be a good witness to an unbeliever. Yet, when I take time at the start of each day to commit the day to God – and ask Him to guide my steps and convict me as necessary – I have more of a chance of being a good witness to an unbeliever.
Notice how Peter says that believers should abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. That is so true! The flesh is always at war with your soul and spirit. Again, remember that you are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. The body is the flesh. Yes, you need to care for it with healthy acts like eating a good diet and exercising. However, you can’t feed your ‘fleshly desires’, but instead need to feed your soul and spirit – through reading the Bible, praying, praising God, and staying connected to other believers.
It's important to note that Peter continues to make the point that your conduct must be honorable among the Gentiles. In this case, he’s referring to the Gentiles or unbelievers. Basically, if you are honorable and maintain a good witness, that can become the catalyst to change hearts and minds and lead unbelievers to Christ.
What are your thoughts on this passage of Scripture?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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