5 The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.
Proverbs 11:5 (NLT)
The theme of this article is honesty. Let us look into the dictionary to find out the definition of honesty.
Honesty (source http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/honesty)
1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
3. freedom from deceit or fraud.
Honesty basically means telling things as it is or as we believe it is. We don’t make up stories that we know it is not true. We tell the truth that we are aware of. There are a few perspectives that I would like you to look into:
Honesty does not mean putting others down.
When God wants us to be honest, it is not an excuse to put down people even if you believe in the negative words you said. Being honest does not remove the necessity of love and compassion. There are people who had constantly putting others down and used the term “brutal truth” to justify their actions. However, when the situation reverses in which they are at the receiving end of the “brutal truth”, they would have respond differently. So, before you decide whether to say any brutal truth on others consider the standard from Jesus, do to others what you want others to do to you. As long as you refer to this guide, you will be fine.
Honesty reflects our confidence in our God’s willingness and ability to deliver us.
It is no big deal to be honest when it benefits us. It takes great faith to be honest when the act of honesty works against our benefits. Will you be honest when it makes you poorer? This is the real test. If you can still be honest when you know that the act of honesty will result in your loss, you are acting in faith. You are telling God that you believe in his integrity. You believe God will fulfill his promise to prosper you regardless of circumstances. When you choose to be honest despite the negative consequences it could bring, you have just caused you faith to rise to a higher level. This means your prosperity will come sooner. Soon, you will find yourself to be blessed beyond your wildest dreams.
Honesty is a nature of God
God is honest. The more we spend time with him in prayers, reading the Bible and listening to faith messages we become more like him. We are becoming more God-like. As we take on his nature, we take on his powers as well. We will become more powerful, more successful, healthier, happier and richer. It is totally impossible to cheat others and still have the faith for our prayers to be answered. Try it out if you don’t believe me.
True honesty can only come from faith.
Faith, not religion is the source of honesty. It is difficult to live an honest life without faith because you will find yourself being taken advantage on. It is even more impossible to be religious and be honest because religion (I am referring specifically to the Christian Religion) is based on hypocrisy and hidden truths.
Let me explain more. When a religious preacher speaks in an evangelistic service, he will tell his non-Christian audience how good his God is. At that time God is good. He loves you unconditionally and even sent his Son to die for your sins.
However, after the non-Christians become Christians, many hideous “truths” began to emerge. The term “good God” for religious people can also mean God can give you cancer, cause accidents to happen to you, makes you bankrupt and all other perversion that even the most wicked people feel ashamed of. After all, he is God. He can do anything he likes no matter how evil or perverted. He loves you unconditionally only when you were not a Christian. After you have become a Christian, the unconditional love becomes conditional. You have to do everything the religious pastors tell you to do or God will be angry. There is no limit on how evil he can get when he is angry.
All these are lies from the pit of hell. This is why Satan loves Christians who are under the bondage of religion. Therefore honesty and religious are mutually exclusive.
The second part of Proverbs 11:5 says the wicked fall beneath their load of sin. Based on the context of the whole verse, the term “load of sin” must be dishonesty. When you create a lie to cover a mistake, the problem may not end there. Soon you may have to create another lie to cover the first lie. Not only that a lie that suits a situation, may not suit another. You may end up creating a chain of lies from one mistake and risk being crushed by the load of sin. You might ended up losing your reputation and the trust your employer and clients that was placed on you. The loss resulting from that will be more than admitting the mistake in the first place.
In conclusion, being honest through faith is always the best policy.