"Be bold in what you stand for. Be careful in what you fall for."
The above quote is from a book I have been reading that belonged to my dad. And ain't that the TRUTH?!
It is easy to be bold in things we believe in and stand for. How often does someone get our back up about a subject because we have different opinions? I know mine can get up pretty quick, especially when I know my stand is with the Bible and their stand is with the world.
But what about things we fall for? How do we be careful about that?
The Bible tells us the things we should fall for. Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
As I examined that verse, I realized that it pretty much sums up everything from inanimate objects, the church we choose, the relationships we share, jobs we accept, even how we do things in the heart of our home. You name it, it can be compared to this verse and help you not to fall for something that Christ wants to shield you from.
One good way to test the waters of anything is to go through this verse and compare it with these things mentioned. The truth and honesty are hard to see at first. But if you can find the just, if you can find the pure and the lovely, if you can find the good report...if there is virtue in it, praise in it...you can know it is true and honest.
Be careful what you fall for because the devil doesn't use safety nets.