In our journey through life, we can often find ourselves in moments where we are tempted to give in to dishonesty. It might be a small embellishment of a story, a tiny detail omitted in a conversation, or even a complex lie we assemble to avoid the consequences of our actions. Dishonesty, though it may seem like a seemingly trivial topic or maybe even a petty one at times, holds profound implications in our spiritual walk.
The Bible speaks clearly about the nature of dishonesty. In Proverbs 12:22, it says, "Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight." This verse underlines a fundamental truth: God values honesty and integrity. Dishonesty, in any form, is not just a breach of social etiquette; it is a deviation from the character of God Himself.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Dishonesty often stems from a deeper issue, the issue of fear. The fear of being seen as we are, the fear of consequences, the fear of not measuring up, the list goes on and on. It’s a defense mechanism, an empty attempt to protect ourselves from ourselves. Ultimately, though, in our attempt to protect ourselves, we push others away. Ephesians 4:25, reminds us, "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another." Truthfulness is not just about telling the truth; it’s also about building up the relationship we have with others and, ultimately, with God.
Honesty is not always the easiest path. In fact, it often is not. It requires courage to admit our faults and shortcomings. It demands vulnerability to be true to ourselves and to others. But the beauty of honesty lies in its power to create genuine relationships and internal peace. When we choose honesty, we align ourselves with God’s character and build up trust and integrity with others.
Consider the small moments in your day. Are there instances where you might be tempted to speak less than the full truth? Perhaps it’s in the way you present yourself. Maybe how you present your work at your place of employment or even how you choose to present the state of your own life when you talk about it with others. Choosing honesty in these moments may seem daunting and like you are shooting yourself in the foot, but honesty is a powerful testament to your faith and trust in God’s plan for your life.
Remember, our call to honesty is not just about avoiding lies; it’s about living in a way that reflects the truth of God’s love and His promises. As Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Jesus embodies truthfulness, and our pursuit of honesty brings us closer to Him.
As we navigate the complexities of life, let’s strive to be people of truth, both in our words and in our actions. In doing so, we honor God, build stronger relationships, and find peace in the authenticity of our lives.