Honesty is a great policy

Proverbs 16:11, “Honest weights and scales are the Lord’s; All the weights in the bag are His work.”

Leviticus 19:35-36, “You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume.  You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.”

Honesty in what is owed.  Giving a man what is deserved.  This is a lost art in a world where everyone is trying to take everything that they can for nothing in return.  People who show up to work and expect pay but don’t do the work.  This is just one example of dishonesty.

God does not like dishonesty.  Not just in measurements but in everything.  God wants the truth.  God expects that His creation is honest with each other.  In the times of Moses, people were ripping off their fellow man by using scales that were not calibrated correctly.  In times today, people still attempt to rip off their fellow man.  This is not how God wants people to act.

Honesty is a great policy.  This ties directly to love.  If you love someone, you will not be dishonest with them.  God tells us to love our neighbor and our neighbor is everyone.  That means that you should be honest with everyone.  If a service is performed, appropriate pay should be given.  These are why contracts are drawn up.  This is to ensure that people will honor the deal made.  The problem is that people want to break contracts all the time.  People do not want to be cornered into doing something or paying for something.

In business and in life, God wants us to be honest in our dealings with other people.  If we say we will do something, we must do it.  A promise is a promise.  God does not break His promises.  God made a promise to never flood the whole Earth ever again and has not broken it.  God made a promise to send a Savior to this world to provide the Way to Him.  God righteously hates dishonesty.  We should too.

In marriage, it is also best to be honest.  Honesty may be difficult, but trust can only be built on honesty.  Lies come out in the end.  They don’t stay hidden.  Even if you manage to keep a secret from your spouse, God knows.  God knows your heart.

Do you choose honesty or a lie?  Do you want to always deal treacherously with people and have to look over your shoulder in fear or do you want to be honest and have a peace of mind knowing that you were honest and true?  As for me, I choose truth.  I choose to use honesty in all my dealings.

Testimonies that are shared are filled with truth.  The truth is not always pretty, but truth sometimes isn’t.  Your past may be rocky and may be shaky, but your present and future can be different.  Choose today to honest and true.  People deserve your honesty and God smiles on the soul of those who are honest.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for truth.  Thank You that You are always truthful.  You are who You say You are.  We don’t have to second guess that.  Please help Your creation to be as honest and true as You.  If we say we will do something, we should do it.  You do what You say You will do.  Let us be more like You.  You are our perfect example.  I pray that we covenant with You to be honest in our lives with others and with You.

In Your honest and true name we pray,

Amen

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