Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #10 --- Uprightness

Quotatins on Uprightness

I stood on the shores of the bay. The tide was out and a strong wind was blowing from inland. Much of the grass and vegetation that covered the sand along the shore was exposed and had fallen on the soil, formless and flabby. The sea weeds had no support and they fell flat on the sand. Later I observed that the tide had come in and the grass and the sea weeds stood upright and waved to and fro as if they were in the breezes that blew. This is what takes place in our soul life when we are not filled with the Spirit. When the Spirit's power is at low tide in our soul, we wither and fail, but when the waves of the Spirit come over our souls we arise in our strength and wave to and fro in the winds that blow. It is the presence of the Spirit that makes a Christian to stand upright.

—D.W. Haskew, Panama City Pilot, Panama City, Fla., Feb. 7, 1935.

Upright walking is the fullest expression of spiritual health and power. As well take poison between the lips thinking: "I can cure myself when I please," as consciously to lapse from the ideal course of conduct with the idea of returning to it. "Uprightness of heart," as the Bible writers so often call it, is not the attainment of a day, or the result of a few good resolutions. As the tree grows straight through sending out branches in every direction to catch all the sunshine from the sky, so the man or woman grows morally strong and beautiful, by reaching out with many arms for blessings that nourish the inner life. Space is the opportunity of the tree. A richer, wider space, full of a more glorious sunshine, opens before the earnest, watchful soul striving Godward. Uprightness is uninterrupted growth upward. It is a central movement of a heart movement, therefore, not obtrusive. The upright one is well balanced, symmetrical. His religion is no dreamy abstraction or aesthetic mysticism, but a religion that has to do with daily work, with neighbors, and kindred and friends. With his feet on the earth, the eyes of the upright rest on the point where the earth and the heavens meet, while his understanding grasps the true meaning of life.

—Jane Ellis Joy, New York Observer, New York, N.Y., Nov. 10, 1898.

He that walketh uprightly answers the Lord. ... A man must stand straight before he can walk straight. ... Get your heart right and your head will be right. ... God will bless you if you stop the devil from wallowing in the spring of your heart. You will have a clean life. Make the fountain pure and the stream will get clear itself. ... A man is never better than his heart. If his heart is right his life is right. ... Thousands of hearts are aching and ten thousands of lives have been ruined by tongues. Keep your tongue from evil. ... The foundation of all uplifting is purity of character.

—Sam P. Jones, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., March 15, 1896.

"He that walketh uprightly." (Psalms 15:2.) The stricter rendering is "a perfect walk," a person "of integrity," and utter honesty, pretending to nothing which he did not possess. ... "Worketh righteousness." (Psalms 15:2.) The upright walk will be evidenced in the practice of unrighteousness. Such a man "has clean hands and pure heart." (Psalms 24:4.) He is not only innocent of acts of violence and wrongdoing but innocent in thought and purpose as well. The hands will not reach into wrong places and do wrong acts if the heart is pure. No man can "work" righteousness if he does not "want" righteousness. The heart and the hands, the motive and the deed, are inseparable.

—E.D. Head, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 15, 1949.

The quality of being just is the inward sense of righteousness, of which common uprightness in word and deed springs. We must conform to the eternal as God sees it. We should not pay a man to whom we owe money, simply because it is his, but we must feel in spirit that we ought to pay him. This is the ethical quality of justice.

—Francis A. Horton, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa., July 8, 1901.

In whatever place, nation or country, a good and upright man may, in the order of Providence, be placed, he finds a field of usefulness. “Peace on earth, and good will to man” is his motto, and in all the world, where he sees man, he sees the image of his Maker, and inasmuch as he does good to one of the least of these, he does it unto his Savior and his Lord.

—Orson Hyde, Frontier Guardian, Kanesville, Iowa, Dec. 26, 1851.

[Read Romans 12:1.] Christian character is the root of Christian conduct. Nothing short of entire consecration to God can produce an upright life in all relations. Hence, the great duty of presenting our bodies to God; a sacrifice which is not forced but voluntary; not intangible but physical, not dead but living, not defective but holy, not hypocritical but acceptable to God, and not irrational but reasonable.

—Hight C. Moore, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., Nov. 8, 1928.

By upright character and truthful statements win the confidence and respect of your fellows. To do that, sow the seeds of confidence in the fruitful soil of your own noble souls; water them with tears of mercy, and warm them with the sunlight of truth shining on your daily walk and conversation. Avoid deceit, go shy of diplomatic policy, base all your acts on justice, and fragrant flowers shall bloom before as well as rise behind you; and the fruit of honest endeavor shall be your portion--the esteem of others your part. Make charity the purest gem in the diadem of virtue. Guard, preserve, defend it as the pearl above price.

—Moses Thatcher, The Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., April 15, 1899.

The observation of moral principles automatically builds moral fibre. The more people do right the stronger they become in character. More and more they become set in the right direction. The easier it will be to act rightly when tests come. Upright living is no easy-going accident. It requires fixed determination, deliberate purpose, good habits, and unquestioning obedience.

—W.R. White, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 19, 1964.

An upright man can never be a downright failure.

—Earl Riney, Church Management, Cleveland, Ohio, October 1948.

One nice thing about living uprightly is the sense of security one has in meeting a policeman.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 20, 1930.

No man has a right to be too clever to be upright.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 29, 1932.

One nice thing about being upright is that you have the companionship of such pleasant thoughts.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 14, 1933.

Stronger than law is the loyalty of the upright citizen.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 22, 1934.

No man ever became upright by side-stepping.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 16, 1937.

When men cease to believe in themselves they cease to walk uprightly.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 28, 1936.

An upright man is his own policeman.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., April 14, 1930.

To be upright a person must be brought up right.

—J.R. Hornday, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., July 12, 1902.

Uprightness is mostly a matter of backbone.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 25, 1908.

The most uplifting talk is an upright walk.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., May 23, 1909.

We cannot be downright successful unless we are upright.

—B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., June 1, 1926.

A man with an upright heart cannot be downhearted long.

Methodist Layman's Herald, Parkersburg, W.Va., June 29, 1911.

The upright go right up.

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 27, 1903.

If a man walks upright he may be able to avoid the pavements made of good intentions.

Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls, Mont., Sept. 19, 1935.

Honesty, which is entitled to the claim of nobility, must be a flower growing upon the root of uprightness. It must recognize the principles of rectitude as summarized in the law of love to one's neighbor. ... No upright man will forget to consider the interests of those with whom he deals as well as his own. He will not knowingly profit by the ignorance, the folly, or the vice of a fellow creature. But there is a still nobler virtue that uprightness, even that integrity of character, that moral wholeness, which is the soil in which it grows. The former appears in men's dealings with each other; the latter is the moral mold in which their minds are cast. The man of integrity loves honesty for its own sake. He would abhor himself if he were to find himself inwardly debating the motives to a wrong business transaction. Closely allied with it is the virtue of probity, which, like uprightness, may be considered as integrity in action. By his resistance to temptation which invites him to make gain from another's loss, a man openly exhibits his probity. Thus, in our highest conception of honesty, we see integrity in the character, probity in the act of adhesion to the right under temptation, and uprightness in the steadfast purpose to consider the rights of others even when seeking one's own profit.

Zion's Herald, Boston, Mass., April 17, 1879.

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