Scripture on Honesty

Scripture on Honesty

It’s possible that it goes without saying in the Christian life that honesty is important, but the Bible has a lot to say about this topic so it would serve us well to pay attention. Before we might brush past the topic of being honest and assume that we are, let’s carefully reflect our hearts and character.

When we’re dishonest, it’s not just a matter of telling a lie, but rather, it reflects what’s truly going on within our heart. Likewise, when we don’t speak up for the truth or defend truth, that too can reveal something about ourselves that we want to be on guard against.

Either way, spending time with The Lord, praying, and reading scripture will always expose the dishonest areas of our heart and will lead us to repentance and obedience to Christ. I’d like to encourage you to spend time with God today, read over the scripture below, and pray asking God to remove the dishonesty in your life.

Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on honesty:

Proverbs 28: The Wicked and the Righteous

Proverbs 28: The Wicked and the Righteous

How is wickedness identified?

Proverbs 28 identifies those of a wicked heart. The wicked are said to:

  • Flee though no one pursues
  • Oppress the poor
  • Forsake the law
  • Give praise to other wicked people
  • Have no understanding of justice
  • Shame their fathers
  • Be crooked in their ways
  • Have prayers that are abominations
  • Mislead the upright
  • Be wise in their eyes
  • Follow worthless pursuits
  • End up in poverty
  • Hasten to be rich
  • Show partiality
  • Not go unpunished
  • Be stingy
  • Flatter
  • Steal from their father and mother
  • Stir up strife
  • Be foolish
  • Turn their eyes on poverty
  • Rise to power

In contrast, the righteous are described as:

Why Showing Up Is Important

Why Showing Up Is Important

I’ve realized in my small amount of ministry experience so far that over time, just showing up, is one of the most important things we can do as followers of Christ.

I had an opportunity recently to visit someone who got hurt late one night at the hospital. They didn’t ask me to come and it was late and far away…I believe God was asking me to go to represent Him well and immediately I had these tempting thoughts:

  • They’ll understand it’s late, I can check in with them tomorrow.
  • The situation probably isn’t really serious anyway, they don’t need me.
  • I have a family that I shouldn’t leave late at night anyway.
  • I’m tired and this is getting in the way of my plans.

Then almost immediately God reminded me that I’m a disciple. I’m an ambassador for Him. And that He was calling me to show up because the Church are the ones who show up.

This really hit me hard as I started thinking through whether it’s involving struggles someone is going through, a terrible tragedy that has hit them, sickness that has overcome them, or whenever there is anyone in need, we…as followers of Jesus…should be the first ones to show up. If we don’t show up, who else will?

We Don’t Have To Have All The Answers

Sometimes I think we’re scared to show up for people because we don’t know what to say or what to do. We put so much pressure on ourselves to say just the right thing or have all the answers when in fact, we were never called to do any of that. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, we are called to serve others, we are called to love. 

How to Respond to Temptation and Satan

How to Respond to Temptation and Satan

One thing is for sure for every follower of Jesus…we will face temptation and attempts from satan to destroy us. Sometimes our flesh will tempt us or tell us things that are untrue and other times I believe satan will try to tell us things to throw us off and remove us from following Christ. If he tried to tempt Jesus, why would he not try to tempt us?

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. – Luke 4:1-2

It’s amazing to think that Jesus can truly sympathize with our every need (Hebrews 4:15-16). He faces hunger, his body gets tired, at times he is weak…and then satan comes in to try to tempt him. How many times do we find ourselves getting tempted when we are weak? Sometimes we feel like temptation is just too much and it’s going to consume us, but let’s look at how Jesus responds.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”

And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. – Luke 4:3-13

We Have Got To Read The Bible

I know sometimes that it’s hard to actually sit down and spend time with The Lord. In fact, it’s really a battle, however, Jesus reminds us of just how important it is to spend time reading scripture.

Jesus responds each and every time with scripture and nothing else. He shows us the importance of reminding ourselves of what the Bible actually has to say along with telling that to satan and/or anyone else who tries to tempt us or destroy us.

Proverbs 27: Gathering Wisdom

Proverbs 27: Gathering Wisdom

One of the fun things about tracking through Proverbs is looking beyond the random order of the wisdom within and trying to gather related items into topical groups. You may group them differently, but regardless, I’m continually amazed at the detail of each proverb and how it applies to life then, now and in the future.

Be Humble

1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.

2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
an outsider, and not your own lips.

21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but people are tested by their praise.

Wisdom leaves no place for arrogance. Refusing to esteem ourselves (even when others esteem us) glorifies God.

Be Content

4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?

19 As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart.

7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

8 Like a bird that flees its nest
is anyone who flees from home.

Wisdom leaves no place for jealousy or coveting. Your life will demonstrate where your treasure is, whether you live to pursue material possessions or God.

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