Just and Honest

21 March 2012

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Christian Bible Teaching by Sharon Hood
March 20, 2012

We all have experienced deception and dishonesty in our lives.  Deception and dishonesty come through someone directly or indirectly.  Who knows… maybe dishonesty is something that you battle or have previously battled?  Being honest or dishonest not only affects you but it effects those around you. The Bible is very specific about being just (fair) and honest.

Honesty and integrity are held as very important values throughout the Bible, and any deception to gain an advantage or harm another is prohibited by the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:16) and other Bible passages.  Deception may be by false statements, half-truths, innuendo, or failing to tell the whole truth.  It is all too common in advertising, business dealings, politics and everyday life. We must strongly resist the temptation to engage in any form of theft, cheating, deception, innuendo, slander or gossip. Rationalization is a form of self-deception by which we convince ourselves that sinful actions are justified in order to achieve a good result, but this is really just another form of dishonesty. (Galatians 6:7-8, James 1:26, 1 John 1:8).
Holiness is in living by the commandments, not in achieving an end result (Matthew 4:8-10, 16:26). In Biblical teaching, the ends do not justify the means!

Hosea 10:12 NLT I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

Jeremiah 5:1 NLT “Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,” says the Lord. “Look high and low; search throughout the city!  If you can find even one just and honest person, I will not destroy the city.

Here is a quote that originated from the 1300’s, we have all heard and used many times. “Honesty is the best policy”.  As I contemplated on using this quote here, I change my mind on the context of how I would use it.  I realized that I didn’t quite believe as I once had.  Honesty is not the best policy because honesty is really not a policy at all. I believe that honesty is a quality, a state of truthfulness. It is not a matter of being honest at all times, or some of the time, or not at all. Honesty is to be an honorable person, period.

Do you believe you are lying when you tell your friend her casserole was the best, when it is merely so, so?  Here’s another one for the ladies, do you like my new hair style?  Do you describe yourself as a dishonest person when you call in sick to work when you are not?  Are you being deceitful when you tell your children Santa Claus is coming down the chimney and going to leave them lots of presents under the tree?  Or the Easter Bunny is leaving Easter goodies?  Is this teaching our children to be truthful adults? These traditions and lies have been passed on for generations. Our blessings come from our Father above, therefore if It’s our Father in Heavens nature to bless us then It’s in our nature to bless our children. Let’s stop giving glory to things that deserve no glory.

Jeremiah 5:3 NLT Lord, you are searching for honesty. You struck your people, but they paid no attention. You crushed them, but they refused to be corrected. They are determined, with faces set like stone; they have refused to repent.

At the moment of temptation, sin and righteousness are both very near the Christian; but, of the two, the latter is the nearer. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God.

Isaiah 26:7 NLT But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them.

Philippians 1:11 NLT. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

If we walk in righteousness God will carry us through. I realize that the time that we’re living in makes it difficult to be completely honest every time.  However as I said above, when we choose righteousness and truth God will carry us.  We may have to walk away more than once feeling totally awkward and we will probably hurt somebody’s feelings.  We may even have to sit down with our children and be totally truthful.  But we must believe Gods Word and walk with Him.  One right choice will outweigh a lie, hands down every time. The truth will always stand on its own, a lie will continually have to be build upon.

All my love Sharon

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