Where Does Honesty Begin and End?

“Honesty is the best policy.” You have heard this proverb all your life and you most likely strive to model it every day. But where does honesty truly begin and end? You may say that you are an honest person (and you probably are) but there is some aspect in your life where you are not completely honest; either with yourself, with others or with God. Maybe you don’t always follow the speed limit—ok, so everyone is guilty there—or perhaps you spend too much time online while at work. Your lack of honesty may be something that simple, that trivial. It could be that you are not being honest with your spouse about where you are spending your evenings or you are not being honest with the IRS about the amount of money that you gave to charitable contributions. I dare say that no one is without a skeleton in the closet whose name is Honesty.

It also seems that if you are dishonest with yourself long enough, you will finally believe it as the truth. Many friendships, marriages and jobs have ended because of a “dishonest truth”. There is always a need to examine your life and to ask yourself if you are being honest in all of your relationships and dealings. It is important to review your motives for certain activities to make sure that they are true. Job said, “If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit, let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless.” (Job 31:5, 6 NIV)

We will all give account to God someday. May your honesty tip God’s scales.


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