An Honest Heart
“The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men
who are truthful.” (Proverbs 12:22)
Diogenes, the Greek philosopher, spent a lifetime in
search of honesty and finally concluded that an honest man could not be found.
Honest people are hard to find in any age, but the characteristic is one that
greatly matters. Honesty is not the best policy; it’s the only policy, and one
of the marks of a man or woman who lives in God’s presence. David writes, “LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy
hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the
truth from his heart.” (Psalm 15:1-2)
Nothing reveals the extent of God at work in your life
more than honesty. Honesty revealing God’s love works in you, and honesty
shines His love out from your life. Holiness begins with honesty before God,
before others, and before yourself as you look in the mirror. Being honest
brings on holiness. Honesty maintains holiness. Being honest does not mean you
need to be confrontational or hurtful in any way.
Honesty is the great insulator keeping the evil of lies
away from relationships. Honesty permits the awesome truth of God to prevail in
every part of life. Honesty keeps the heart pure and full of the presence of
God. The temptations of the world attack the honest heart, however, the prayers
of a humble person reduce temptation to nothing. Honesty brings out the purity
of your heart. Living in honesty means when you see injustice you want to right
I ask myself, am I trustworthy and honorable in all my
affairs? Do my words ring true? Do I speak the truth in love or do I stretch
the facts now and then, or exaggerate for emphasis? If so, I may turn to God
with complete confidence and ask for forgiveness and for a good and honest
heart, to make truthfulness an essential part of my nature.
The One who has begun a good work in me is faithful and He
will do it.
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