To whom are we to be honest?
The cashier at the checkout? Even when she gives us too much in change?
Or at the gas pump? It’s not our fault if the gas rings up too cheaply.
How about our electric meter or our water meter when it gives us power or water for free? Can we help it if it’s broken?
Then there’s our spouse, our children, and our boss. Honesty? Who’s to be the judge of the standard we should set?
1 John 3:18 tells us our actions must exude honesty.
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
Proverbs 11:3 says our honesty will be our guide.
“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.”
Romans 13:7 exhorts us to show honesty in every situation.
“Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.”
Matthew 5:8 is our assurance that honesty will bring us to a good end.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
2 Timothy 2:15 says God is the judge of our honest life.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
Let’s return to our first question. To whom are we to be honest? The Word of God says everyone. It must be our lifestyle, our daily example, and the way we present ourselves in every situation.
Christ is our example, and there was no deceit in the life he lived.
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