Monday, December 7, 2015

ABC's of Godly Character - H

H is for Honesty! Honesty is the quality, condition, or characteristic of being fair, truthful, and morally upright. It is being free of deceit and fraud, having the quality of being honorable and upright in character and actions. Satan is called the “father of lies.”
You cannot trust or believe anything that Satan says or does. God only speaks what is right and true and it is impossible for Him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). God can be trusted. Honest people can be trusted. Dishonest people cannot be trusted. You must decide for yourself whether or not you will be honest & trustworthy. There will be many times in your life where you will have to choose to be like your Heavenly Father who speaks only truth, or choose to honor Satan by lying.  Honesty isn’t easy, doing what is right is not natural in a sin-filled world. 2 Corinthians 8:21 says “providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”  As a Christian, we should always strive to do what is honest.  Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” 
John Quincy Adams said "All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so, is something worse."   
The Bible is full of examples of honesty or lack of it: look up these people if you don't remember who they were: Achan -Joshua 7, Ananias & Sapphira -Acts 5; Abraham -Genesis 20; Micaiah -1Kings 22; Gehazi - 2 Kings 5. Honesty is always the best policy! Remember that people will not always like it when you tell the truth, especially if you say things they don't want to hear, but it is important to speak the truth, no matter what others want you to say. God is pleased when we speak the truth!
        Prayer starter: Dear Lord, please help me to always be an honest person. Guide my thoughts and my speech so that I do not speak with intent to deceive. Convict me when I fail so that I may learn to be a more honest person and a better example to others. In Your Name, Amen. 
        Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to choose to be honest and speak the truth in love today. 

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