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« on: February 13, 2018, 08:41:23 AM »

Proverbs 16:23, “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips”
Proverbs 12:22, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight”

Webster defines honesty as “free from fraud or deception.” This means more than merely refraining from lying. Distorting facts to place the emphasis on another idea rather than the real issue is bearing false witness. To conceal truth that should be revealed is to be dishonest. Expressing one view while secretly holding another is deception. If in any detail of life we say anything untrue, or if we purposely create a wrong impression, we are not being honest.

A woman told me that as a youngster she occasionally was guilty of deceit. One particular incident that she had never confessed still troubled her after 35 years. She had playfully inserted pins in a bar of soap, not realizing the danger. Later her mother was severely scratched while washing her hands. Her brother, being rather mischievous, was blamed and was punished, even though he loudly proclaimed his innocence. She knew of many times when he had been guilty of wrongdoing and was not caught, so she figured he deserved to be punished. She had not actually spoken a lie, because her mother never questioned her. Yet, she had been dishonest.

The question we need to ask ourselves would be, “Are we always honest, or have we in some way been deceptive in our speech? We must remember that God delights in those who are truthful in all things.


Further thoughts:

People often hide their feelings behind a wall of words. They use a kind of double-talk in which words and feelings do not agree. A communications consultant who holds workshops on this subject says that many people are afraid that honesty in speech will cost them friendships, love, or respect. So they either keep their lips zipped or say something other than what they really mean.

Other factors that may impede straight talk are shyness, lack of confidence, fear of displaying ignorance, trying to avoid criticism, and not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings. My beloved, believers in Christ are not exempt from this very problem. Trying to be both loving and truthful can be difficult, but the Bible tells us how to deal with this dilemma.

The book of James teaches us that we need the wisdom that only comes from God above. The Lord will enable us by His indwelling Holy Spirit to speak effectively and honestly. His wisdom is “first pure, then peaceable, gently, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

So, my beloved, let’s govern our own speech with these qualities from God’s Eternal Word. Then we will not have to hide behind a wall of words.

How easy it is to use many words
And yet be unwise in the things that you say;
So willingly yield your speech to the Lord,
And hearts will be blest by you every day.

Wisdom is knowing when to speak your mind and when to mind your speech.

1 John 5:11-12, "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life"

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Proverbs 19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.