My father and my maternal grandfather were both members of the Rotary Club. I have always thought of the Rotary Club as a great civic group. For example, their worldwide goal is the eradication of polio.
Both my father and grandfather had the Rotary Four-Way Test prominently displayed in their business. The Four-Way Test asks these questions: Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build good will and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned?
That test applies to many things. I think we would do well to use a similar test about our words. James warned us about the danger of the tongue. What should we ask before we speak or confront someone?
First, is it the truth? Are we speaking because it is true and helpful or because we want to get something off our chest?
Second, will it help everyone involved? Am I the beneficiary or will everyone be better off?
Third, will it further the work of Christ and His church? Or, will it actually hurt the church? Too often, we look out for ourselves without thought for the needs of others or the long-term consequences of our words and actions.
Fourth, will it please God? This should be the ultimate test. To please God means that it is true, helpful, and it will further the work of Christ. Only doing what pleases God is a great test for almost anything.
Finally, am I being led by the Spirit and am I obeying Christ? Paul encouraged us to do everything in the name of Christ. Whether actions or speaking, we should do all to glorify His name (Colossians 3:17).
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