Honesty Is the Best Policy

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Honesty Is the Best Policy

“… let me be honest with you!”  This is a commonly heard statement, and if you’re like me, it’s enough to raise my “relational antennae” with my “trust detector” at full sensitivity! I hope you found that somewhat humorous, but the truth is, this is an innate response because we know that honesty is foundational in trusting relationships.

Let’s see what one Scripture says about honesty.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Ephesians 4:25

This verse gives clear instruction to put off a dreadful way of relating to others and replace it with a new way that brings glory to God. One of God’s characteristics is He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). So anytime a deceit is involved in your relationships (even a little white lie), God is not glorified; unfortunately, someone is glorified: Satan, who is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Simply stated, a lie is anything false or untrue. This includes things such as: outright deceit, exaggeration, embellishment, misrepresenting someone, use of 100% words (such as, always & never), and body language that does not matchup with spoken words. Those things are to be put off (rejected) and replaced by putting on speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)… for we are members of one body (Ephesians 4:25). 

Your take away is this: honesty is the foundation for all relationships, including the one you have with Jesus. You might consider asking Him: “how am I doing in our trust relationship?”

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