“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not two-faced, not given to excessive drinking, not greedy for gain,”
1 Timothy 3.8
Deacons, wives, 1 Tim 3.11, and older men, Tt 2.2, ought to be dignified. All Christians ought to think on what is dignified, or honorable, Phil 4.8. The word means “respectable, honorable, of serious demeanor” (NETB).
How does a person act who is dignified? Describe their demeanor, what they look like. What saint of your acquaintance would you call dignified?
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Many people praise God and curse mankind with the same tongue. “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10 NKJV). It is only because God, not Evolution, created us that humans should be treated with a dignity above animals. People who say, “Pets are humans, too” have elevated animals to having the image of God, and that is idolatry! They have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). Because baptism washes away sins (Acts 22:16), it is not for animals!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
For what price will you give up that which you value as precious? Samson had an interest in Delilah, but it does not appear that Delilah had the same interest in him as he toward her. To whatever degree she had any interest in Samson, her interest could be bought. For a large sum of money she was enticed to find and divulge Samson’s great strength. She was tempted with an amount that is suggested in today’s terms to be near 15 million dollars (Younger, p. 316). Samson, of course, was innocent in none of this. He continually put his dignity on the line as he played and became a thorn in the side of the Philistine people. It was not long before both paid a price.
The word dignity pertain to one’s honor, worth, and esteem. For Delilah, her dignity was worth a large sum of money; she paid it (or for it she was paid). But what about Samson? As a judge over Israel he gave his dignity away for a small bit of “red pottage” (cf. Genesis 25:27-34). Is your dignity for sale? If so, how much? A large sum of money, pleasure, or the blood of Calvary?
This is an important point to not be missed. The Scriptures are clear in that each person is bound for an eternal hell (Romans 3:23; 6:23), but that Jesus came to this earth to pay a price not a single one of could pay (Romans 5:6-8). Thus, though we are not worthy of salvation, the dignity of Christ was given up in order to save a lost and pitiful soul (Luke 19:10; Acts 20:28). He did this because of His mercy. That is an immeasurable price and worthy of our remembrance. RT