Honesty, the Best Policy

Honesty, the Best Policy
Proverbs 19:9
“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish.”
It is impossible for God to lie (Numbers 23:19; Heb. 6:18), because it goes against His very nature! Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life…” (John 14:6); but this is not so with man. Because of our inherited sin nature, lying comes very easily to us. Often our tongue desires to change the story or cover our own tracks when we have done something wrong, or to word things in just the right way as to get what we want out of a business deal. Any way you chop it up, lying is lying, and it is wrong.
People often view lying as something minor, making a distinction between a “white lie” a fib, and an outright lie; But Scripture is quite clear that lying is a great sin, punishable by death (Deuteronomy 5:20; Ezekiel 18:20; Acts 5:3- 5)! In fact, Revelations 21:8, 9 declares that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire! That’s serious! God must really hate deceit.
In Jeremiah 17:9 we are told that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. But thanks be to God that He can take out our old sinful heart and create in us a new one (Psalms 51), one that loves justice and truth! By God’s Spirit we can walk in the truth as He is in the truth, and be free from a life of deceit and wickedness.
As Christians, we should do what is right, even if it means that we don’t “come up” as much as we would by exaggerating. Being honest is not always easy, and sometimes makes life much harder, but what a wonderful virtue it is! It is the nature of Christ to speak truth; as a matter of fact, God says He desires truth “on the inward parts”, (Psalms 51:6) not just as a front or an outer appearance, but walking in the truth from within our spirit (John 4:24). That is the life that pleases the Lord!
Jesus, give us strength to live uprightly before God and men, so we may be a light in a world that is dark with deception.



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