Test Everything: Hold On To That Which Is Good
"Test everything. Hold on to the good," wrote the veteran and world-traveler, Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, in a letter to the Thessalonians. They were well aware of the scam that left people empty, hurting and broke. Most letters that came from Paul's hand were written to correct a problem. Some smooth-talking individuals were deceiving people, leading them astray and telling them, "I am giving you the truth."
How do you test everything?
First is the test of the Word. You must know what a straight line is before you know what a crooked one is, and the Word, which provides light and guidance, should be the first standard against which we measure everything.
Second is the test of convictions. The only way you will develop convictions is with integrity and character. When you know something is right and when you understand that to violate your convictions leads to compromise, making decisions is easier.
Third is the test of fairness. Is somebody going to be harmed? Jesus said, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12). In other words, treat the other person as you would like him to treat you.
Fourth is the test of permanence. For every effect there is a cause, and one of the tests that determine whether something is good or bad is to ask: How are others affected in the equation? Is something good for your business but devastating for your competitor? Might your actions improve your reputation but harm another's good name?
"Test everything. Hold on to that which is good." It's good advice for life today.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life,and only a few find it. MATTHEW 7:13-14