1.21.2009

Honesty

Hi my name is Leah Robinson, and I'm a sinner. LOL
I have no problem admitting the things I struggle
with, in my everyday life. Anyone who knew me growing
up, knows that I'm not perfect, nor did I live a perfect
life. But ya know what, here's the thing about sin.....
they're all the same in God's eyes. If I could say God
hates "something", I'd think it would be sin.

Yeah I was an un-wed teen mom, but ya know what....Sally
down the road went out every weekend and partied w/out
her parents knowing, and then lied about where she was.
So who's better??? Or should I ask, who's sin is worse?

It seems as though no matter what sin you commit, they
all tend to relate some how with "lying".

When Joe and I first got together, I told him I was more
likely to forgive him for something if he was just HONEST
to me about it. And I meant it. To me it hurts worse for
someone to keep lying about something, then to just come
out and tell me!! It has really helped Joe and I to trust
one another and our communication as well.

So what's the Bible say about Truth & Honesty???

First of all, What is honesty and why is it so important?
What's wrong with a little white lie? The Bible actually
has a lot to say about honesty, as God has called
Christians to be honest people. Even little white lies to
protect someone's feelings can compromise your faith.
Remember that speaking and living the truth help those
around us come to the Truth.

Christ said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the
Life. If Christ is Truth, then it follows that lying
is moving away from Christ. Being honest is about
following in God's footsteps, for He cannot lie. If
the Christian's goal is to become more God-like and
God-centered, then honesty needs to be a focus.

Hebrews 6:18 - "So God has given both his promise
and his oath. These two things are unchangeable
because it is impossible for God to lie.”

Honesty is a direct reflection of your inner character.
Your actions are a reflection on your faith, and
reflecting the truth in your actions is a part of
being a good witness. Learning how to be more honest
will also help you keep a clear conscious.

Luke 16:10 - "Whoever can be trusted with very little
can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest
with very little will also be dishonest with much."

1 Timothy 1:19 - "Cling to your faith in Christ, and
keep your conscience clear. For some people have
deliberately violated their consciences; as a result,
their faith has been shipwrecked."

Proverbs 12:5 - "The plans of the righteous are just,
but the advice of the wicked is deceitful."

While your honesty level is a reflection of your
character, it is also a way to show your faith. In
the Bible, God made honesty one of his commandments.
Since God cannot lie, He sets the example for all of
His people. It is God's desire that we follow that
example in all that we do.

Exodus 20:16 - "You shall not give false testimony
against your neighbor."

Proverbs 16:11 - "The Lord demands accurate scales
and balances; he sets the standards for fairness."

Psalm 119:160 - "The very essence of your words is
truth; all your just regulations will stand forever."

Being honest is not always easy. As Christians we know
how easy it is to fall into sin. Therefore, you need to
work at being truthful, and it is work. The world does
not give us easy situations, and sometimes we need to
really work to keep our eyes on God in order to find the
answers. Being honest can sometimes hurt, but knowing
that you are following what God wants for you will make
you more faithful in the end.

Honesty is also not just how you speak to others, but also
how you speak to yourself. While humility and modesty is a
good thing, being too harsh on yourself is not being truthful.
Also, thinking too highly of yourself is a sin. Thus, it is
important for you to find a balance of knowing your blessings
and shortcomings so you can continue to grow.

Proverbs 11:3 - "Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys
treacherous people.”

Romans 12:3 - "Because of the privilege and authority God has
given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are
better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of
yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."


Till the next time………

5 comments:

Abby said...

AMEN!

Chelsa said...

amen sista! :)

Ashley said...

totally agree!!

The Gingerich Family said...

Leah,
Great Post...Matt and I are learning the ways to Communicate biblically and one step says to BE HONEST...To speak Truth Lovingly. Ephesians 4:25 "Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body."

Lauren said...

solid word, Leah.