Valuable Insights 4 Become Believable
"Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord." RSV
"Don't just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically." TLB
Insight: Make the decision today to be genuine, sincere, real and true.
Insight: When we are genuine our testimony becomes believable to others.
Consider the character quality of sincerity.
Sincerity vs. Hypocrisy
Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives. (IBLP)
Dictionary definition for sincere: free of dissimulation, honest, free from adulteration, pure, marked by genuineness, true, stresses absence of hypocrisy, feigning, or any falsifying embellishment or exaggeration
Dictionary definition for transparent: free from pretense or deceit
Dictionary definition for mirror: a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection, something that gives a true representation
Synonyms for the word mirror: Model, example, pattern standard
Insight: To become believable we need to do the word of God.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
[For if any be ...] The ground of the comparison in these verses is obvious. The apostle refers to what all persons experience, the fact that we do not retain a distinct impression of ourselves after we have looked in a mirror. While actually looking in the mirror, we see all our features, and can trace them distinctly; when we turn away, the image and the impression both vanish. When looking in the mirror, we can see all the defects and blemishes of our person; if there is a scar, a deformity, a feature of ugliness, it is distinctly before the mind; but when we turn away, that is "out of sight and out of mind." When unseen it gives no uneasiness, and, even if capable of correction, we take no pains to remove it. So when we hear the word of God. It is like a mirror held up before us. In the perfect precepts of the law, and the perfect requirements of the gospel, we see our own short-comings and defects, and perhaps think that we will correct them. But we turn away immediately, and forget it all. If, however, we were doers of the word," we should endeavor to remove all those defects and blemishes in our moral character, and to bring our whole souls into conformity with what the law and the gospel require. The phrase "natural face" (Greek: face of birth), means, the face or appearance which we have in virtue of our natural birth. The word glass here means mirror. Glass was not commonly used for mirrors among the ancients, but they were made of polished plates of metal.
(From Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)