Honesty is Always the Best Policy!

   There are times when it seems like it would be “easier” to lie than to tell the truth, or to try to conceal something than to do the right thing. However, in the end, the consequences are devastating. Sometimes, not only for us, but for other people as well. Remember how Achan was dishonest and not only disobeyed the Lord, but tried to hide the sin. Not only did he suffer and ended up dying for it, but caused his whole family, and all that he had to die for it. Revelations 21:8 (KJV) tells us that, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” There is a Judgment Day coming, and we better be prepared for it. We wouldn’t want to do anything that would send us to hell. It is better to tell the truth, and maybe even suffer for it here, than to lie, and suffer for all of eternity! And if we lie, we might lead others to sin, and cause them to suffer as well!

    God expects us to be honest in all of our dealings no matter what. If we are not honest, we cannot be trusted, and if we cannot be trusted, we are not qualified to be responsible for the things that are entrusted to us. I recently had a situation at work, where I had to say no to something because it was not honest. I had to be honest, even if I had to go against what another person wanted me to do. As a well-respected preacher I know (Bro. Russell McDonald) has said so often, “Nothing or nobody is worth going to hell over”, which is so very true. Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV) says, 16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Lying is what started the sin curse upon this whole wide world. The serpent lied to Eve, and for whatever the reason, she believed the serpent rather than God. God hates lying. For when someone lies, they are trying to cover up something, and most of the time that is yet more sin!

   Even if they are successful in telling the lie, eventually it will catch up to them either in this life or on Judgment Day. Numbers 32:23 (KJV) says, “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.” In this Scripture, Moses was telling the children of Israel if they did not obey God in doing what he said to do, their sin would be discovered. Proverbs 12:12 (KJV) states, “The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.” People who lie will get trapped by their own lies. I have seen it many times, when a person told a lie, they had to lie to cover up lies. They told so many different versions of their “story” because they could not remember to keep it to one version. Therefore, it became apparent that they were lying. Some people lie so much, it does not seem to bother them anymore, how sad is that! In that same chapter, in verse 19, it reads, “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” This means if the truth is told, it will last forever. One will not have to worry about remembering what they said to one person in order to tell it to the next person. One will always remember the truth, and can tell it again and again. But, a person who lies, their story will not hold up. They will start contradicting their selves, and eventually most of them will end up looking foolish. And if they do not end up looking foolish here on earth, on Judgment Day, they will be ashamed and condemned. In verse 22 of the same chapter, it tells us that, “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.” If we want to please God and be a delight to God, we need to be honest in all of our dealings. Those who please the Lord will receive His unfailing blessings and be established. When God delights in us, He will provide for our needs and fight our battles! Proverbs 16:7 (KJV) says, “When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” That is a promise we can stand on if we are doing right. 1 John 2:17 states that, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” So if we live right, do right, and be honest toward God and man, we have the promise of eternal life according to God’s word. I don’t know about you, but I want to live in such a way, that I can live under God’s provision, and be in fellowship with Him. There is no way I would want to attempt to live this life without Him. I can call on Him and He is there in the good times and in the bad times. So, remember when it might be tempting to lie or be dishonest, look at the consequences of it. Also, look at all the benefits you’d be missing out on if you did something God was not pleased with!

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