“They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.” (2 Kin 12:15)
Acting with honesty is often seen as a selfless act that is more about governing our own moral compass rather than any impact on others. However, when we act in a way that shows honesty and integrity, we create confidence in those who observe our behaviour.
There is witness and testimony in complete honesty that results in respect and trust. When we demonstrate these characteristics, we will be given more responsibility and authority, as trust is a rare commodity.
Our reputations are built on the observation of our behavior, not in the motivations that produce them. Yet the behaviors can trigger the question of why we are acting in the way we do. That is the opportunity to share the foundation that underpins our faith.
Quick Prayer: Build my reputation so that I am held in complete trust, Lord. Amen.
“And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.” (Gen 30:33)
Honesty is a foundational standard that testifies to our relationship with God. It is a 100 percent call to 100 percent honesty. Let us lay a standard that is beyond reproach regardless of who is checking us out.
I don’t know about you, but I like to sleep at night. If we have confidence in doing a good job and being honest in all our declarations and actions, we can have confidence that we are beyond reproach.
If we are honest in the very small, seemingly insignificant things, we will be honest on the large things. Stay faithful and stay honest, and God will exalt you in due time.
Quick Prayer: Keep me honest, Lord. Amen.
“What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.” (Pro 19:22)
We all have an innate reaction that will cause us to protect ourselves when under threat. Our first response when we are accused is to deny. We learn to overcome this protective response though the conscious choice to operate in honesty and integrity.
At what point would we lie to save ourselves or our finances? This is a tough question and one hopefully we won’t need to know the answer to, but I would doubt many of us would refuse to say a little, tiny, insignificant white lie that wouldn’t hurt a fly rather than lose all our finances, our house, car, job, and possessions.
God’s view? It is better to be poor than a liar, and honesty is a mark of unfailing love.
Quick Prayer: Keep me honest above all things. Amen.