How many have heard the old saying ‘honesty is the best policy?’ Probably, quite a lot of us have heard it a time or two. What does the Bible have to say about honesty?
Ephesians 4:25 AMP Therefore, rejecting all falsehood [whether lying, defrauding, telling half-truths, spreading rumors, any such as these], speak truth each one with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one another [and we are all parts of the body of Christ].
John 8:32 KJV And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Proverbs 19:1 NASB Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
You will know a tree by it’s fruit. A coconut tree cannot produce apples, nor can a lemon tree produce oranges. It is just the truth. A fact that we can accept as truthful knowledge. No-one will try to argue that fact. Why is there so much arguing over the word of God? His word is clear. There shouldn’t be so many divisions.
One absolute fact we can glean from the above passages is that we are NOT to lie. We are told to reject lies and speak the truth to one another. Telling the truth will set us free. We need to have integrity (honesty). Why? Look at the devastating effects lying can have; it breaks trust, it hurts the one you lied to, it hurts other people in the family, and it hurts yourself. Above all of that, lying separates us from God. All sin does that.
John 8:44 NASB You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
That one, dare I say, ummm ouch? So the father of lies is the devil. What does that say when we lie? Is there any such thing as a ‘white lie’? I declare there is no such thing as a white lie. A lie is a lie regardless of the intention behind it. There is no clause in the bible saying …well if it is said to protect someone it is ok to lie….GOD FORBID! No way. That is not what God says anywhere in His word. If we lie, we can confess and God will forgive us. But we are not to do it purposely knowing we have forgiveness. Romans 6:1-2 clearly states What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
We can be forgiven, but there has to be true repentance.
Let’s say our child does something wrong for example throws a book at (God forbid) his or her teacher. Well, what if they say they’re sorry but they really weren’t and they continue to throw the book hour after hour, day after day? With the same fake apology they then come to us. Well we know they aren’t really sorry because they are laughing and continuing to do it. So, not only does there have to be repentance, there has to be a change. The same is true for us. We have to let God change us through the enlightenment of His word.
It’s like we can tell when our children are really sorry or not for what they have done. That is the same repentant attitude God desires when we come to Him. He knows we will make mistakes. He has even provided a way out, through Jesus, for all of our sins.
Back to the same child as above. Let’s say said child does wrong; throws the book, then comes to you with genuine tears in their eyes, saying they are sorry and they really mean it. What do we do? We accept their apology because it means something and we guide them. Maybe give them a list of other things they can do when they are angry. The point is we know when they are telling the truth. God knows when we are telling the truth as well. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) We get our guidance from the word of God.
1 John 4:4 NASB You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you then he who is in the world.
God is calling us to come out from among the world and be different, be holy and pure. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
You are our God. You are awesome and holy. We are so thankful that You look at the intent of our heart. You see past all the ugliness and see our true motives. You know everything, Lord. Nothing is hidden from You. We come before You today truly humble. We bow before Your greatness. We ask You to continue to guide us with the revealing and convicting power of Your Holy Spirit. Speak to our hearts, Lord, where we have become lax or indifferent to the truth. Your word is truth lighting up this page and instructing us in righteousness. We have followed the world long enough, Father. It is our heart’s desire to know You more and continue to grow in Your word. We want our lives to match up with Your will for our lives. Thank You for Your precious, holy, eye-opening, heart changing and beautiful word. Have Your way in our lives as You continue to mold us in Your image. Thank You Jesus. In Your name we pray.
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