Christian Honesty

Every Christian, it seems to me, should be more scrupulous than other men in his dealings. He must never swerve from the path of integrity. He should never say, “It is the custom: it is perfectly understood in the trade.” Let the Christian remember that custom cannot sanction wrong, and that its being “understood” is no apology for misrepresentation.

A lie “understood” is not therefore true. While the golden rule is more admired than practiced by ordinary men, the Christian should always do unto others as he would that they should do unto him. He should be one whose word is his bond, and who, having once pledged his word, sweareth to his own hurt, but changeth not.

There ought to be an essential difference between the Christian and the best moralist, by reason of the higher standard which the gospel inculcates, and the Saviour has exemplified. Certainly, the highest point to which the best-unconverted man can go might well be looked upon as a level below which the converted man will never venture to descend.

(Taken from C. H. Spurgeon: The Broad Wall Sermon No. 3281)

The Christian should always do unto others
as he would that they should do unto him.
He should be one whose word is his bond,
and who, having once pledged his word,
sweareth to his own hurt, but changeth not.

*Emphasis Mine-Pictures Not Mine.

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