“The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people. Riches won’t help on the day of judgment,
but right living can save you from death. The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin. The godliness of good people rescues them; the ambition of treacherous people traps them. When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength. The godly are rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead. With their words, the godless destroy their friends, but knowledge will rescue the righteous.” Proverbs 11:1-9
What price do you put on honesty in a relationship? If your answer is priceless, you would agree with Solomon as he writes this Proverb to us this morning. In fact, honesty is associated with being open with others and always telling the truth. An honest person is to be trusted in times of doubt or difficulty.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American writer once remarked: “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best, to be honest, and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures, and have courage when things go wrong.”
There is an important saying that “Honesty is the best policy.” If we can show honesty to others we not only display an upright character, fair-mindedness, truthfulness, ethics, and a candid approach to life, we defy deceit and falsehood. Honesty shows a principled and righteous nature that is approved by God. James, the brother of Jesus confirms: “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” A religion that is worthless is filled with pride. “Pride always leads to disgrace, but humility comes wisdom.” Humility is honesty. Honesty is the guide that directs good people to the right living that saves you from eternal separation from God.
The apostle Peter wrote, “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Listen, you cannot put a price tag on honesty. It is essential to a healthy relationship, especially with Jesus! Pray for God to speak truth into the dishonest areas of your life. It’s time to get real with God and let God get real with you. Pray for a humble heart this morning. Pray for a humble heart that leads to honest relationships.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” It’s a great reminder that the real things in life haven’t changed.