Thoughts

Choose to be Honest

Choose to be Honest (key verse – Exodus 20:16)

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

In order to keep oneself from lying about something, one must choose to be honest about everything.  God does not want us to tell lies.  It seems, as we read Scripture, that the primary concern here is to prevent defrauding someone else.

In Leviticus 6:2-7, it is called being unfaithful.  The concern is that someone may experience an unfair loss, if you are unfaithful with what you owe this person.  So, in this case we are reminded of the faithfulness of God.  Did you know, when you deceive another person, you are actually acting “unfaithfully” against the Lord?

Leviticus 6:2-5 teaches us that “When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the Lord, and deceives his companion… he shall make restitution…”

Did you know that when you lie, you are putting yourself above your neighbor?  That’s what Lev. 19:11-18 explains.  Here, you are acting in an unloving way toward others when you are dishonest with them.

Lev. 19:16 teaches that “you are not to act against the life of your neighbor…”

God is, of course, honest.  He keeps His word.  He makes good on every promise.  This seems to be the greatest contrast between God and man:  that God keeps His word; but man lies.  In Numbers 23:19, this contrast is emphasized.

Numbers 23:19 teaches that “God is not a man, that He should lie…”

Do you want to be a little more Godly today?  Then keep you word.  God is so honest, that He cannot go back on His word. 

When Saul rejected the word of the Lord by disobeying God, and by keeping the best of the sheep and oxen for himself, the prophet Samuel confronted Saul with his unfaithful deed.  Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.” (I Sam. 15:22)

I Sam. 15:29 reads, “The Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind.”

Titus 1:2 teaches that God “cannot lie.”

Hebrews 6:18 proclaims that “it is impossible for God to lie.”

God keeps His word.

God wants us to be trustworthy.  This is the first of the scout laws.  A scout is trustworthy (or faithful), loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  Proverbs 14:5 tells us what kind of witnesses God wants us to be (A trustworthy witness will not lie).  What do people promise when they are summoned to be a witness in a trial?  They promise to tell the truth.

What is the distinction between God’s children and the rest of the people on earth?  One is this:  God’s children tell the truth.  This is taught in Isaiah 63:8, which reads, “Surely, they are My people, sons who will not deal falsely.”

If you are one of God’s children, you must not deal falsely with others.  Will you make this commitment today?  The ability for others to come to Jesus through your witness may depend on your choice to be honest.

In the book of Acts, Ananias and Sapphira told a lie to Peter.  But Scripture records that their lie goes much further than dishonesty toward a man.  They lied to the Holy Spirit of God.  Are you trying to convince men that are something that you are not?  Read Acts 5:1-11, and see what happened to these dishonest people.

Do yourself a favor, and add years to your life, and peace to your heart, and sweetness to your dreams, and humbly tell the truth.

Did you know that becoming a Christian means that we have been raised up as new creatures in Christ Jesus?  Therefore, crucify the old tendency to lie.  Colossians 3:9-10 tells us to speak honestly, since we are Christians.

You know what might the cause of our tendency to lie?  According to James 3:14, bitter jealousy and selfish ambition blind us to the truth, and cause us to speak lies – even believe lies.  It’s the difference between being godly – controlled by the Holy Spirit of God, and being demonic.

Search your heart.  Is there any jealousy there?  Is there any selfish ambition there?

People that call themselves Christians, and then go on and practice sin, are liars.  And I John 1:6 implies that we must change.  We must walk in the light.  We must stop sinning and start walking according to Jesus’ example.  This is Lordship.

According to Romans 3:23, all people have sinned, including me. 

Many people claim Jesus as Savior.  Can you claim Him as Lord?  Are you being sanctified daily?  Today, let Him cleanse you of dishonesty.

I John 1:9 promises us that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God knows your deeds.  He knows your words.  He keeps track, and will reward you accordingly.   Are you faithful?  You can be, if you choose to be.  Revelation 3:8 reads, “I know your deeds.”

Show the world Jesus!  Choose to be honest!

Honestly confess your sins.  If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  Present you bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

Do you ever struggle with dishonesty?  Do you want God to free you from this?  Do you ever try to appear to be more than who you really are? 

Jesus wants to bless you with His overcoming power, His presence, and His faithful nature.  Choose to be honest today, and from now on!

May God bless you as you follow Him!

Pastor Gene

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