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Living In Grace

A Christ inspired work dealing with American Christian Culture in the New Century.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Word Wednesday:Honesty

2 Corinthians 8:21Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Honest:
1 a : free from fraud or deception : legitimate, truthful <an honest plea> b : genuine, real  c : humble, plain <good honest food>
2 a : reputable, respectable <honest decent people> b chiefly British : good, worthy
3  creditable, praiseworthy

" You PROMISE? " are two words I often hear from three young and impressionable little men.  Can I be taken at my word?  Is what I say good enough?  As a Christian and a Father my word had better be good enough.  What we say matters and the impression our words leave on those within our family and without can last a lifetime.

Do we deceive others  and ourselves with our hypocrisy?  Integrity, honor, honesty, and character are all facets of who and what we are as Christians. 
  1. Are we honest with our spouse?
  2. Are we honest with our children?
  3. Are we honest in business?
  4. Are we honest with ourselves?
These are some questions that we must ask ourselves as we travel this road of life.  My boys know that if Daddy promises something it is all but assured.  We are not perfect and circumstances do change, but do others say of us, " He is as good as his word?  " When those outside the family of God see us they should ( if they are honest ) be able to give a good report of our lives.  God hates lying tongues and those who practice such will have their part in the Lake of Fire so I believe honesty is an imperative in our lives.

As I write this I am convicted and broken before the Lord.  I have not always been honest in all my dealings and often I have " went along to get along. "  We are required to be honest with both the Lord and with men and that includes ourselves and our families.  We are to dwell on things that are honest and pure and by doing so we are fulfilling the will of God.
Philippians 4:8Finally, 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.

Father, I thank you that you are True and Faithful.  Forgive me not always being honest, genuine, and reputable.  Lord, when others look upon me I desire that they see you living through me and I pray that my life will be honoring to you.  Amen

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4 Comments:

Anonymous MindyStapleton said...

Another great post! Thanks for being a great father!

June 29, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Luther@Living In Grace said...

Thanks for taking the time to read mindy. Keep those boys straight.

A Living Stone

June 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Daubenmeyer said...

Aww, you guys are so cute:) Great post, love the prayer at the end. Love can only spring from a non-hypocritical heart. We can't love like Christ when we live dishonest lives. It's not easy but God's always there to help us. Thanks for the reminder. Have a blessed 4th of July weekend!

June 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Luther@Living In Grace said...

Amanda,
 
You have a blessed Fourth also.  Honesty is essential in the lives of believers.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

June 29, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

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