My 13-year-old nephew is writing an essay for school and the topic is “Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?” He asked me for help and as I was giving him some advice on why it IS the best policy, it got me to thinking about what the Bible says about honesty.
As Christians, we are called to live a life of integrity and honesty. We are to live like Christ! We are not to be of the world but of Christ!
Romans 12:2 states “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Ephesians 4:25 says:
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor for we are all members of one body.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
The Lord detests lying lips but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
2 Timothy 2:15:
Do your best to present yourselves to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Honesty is definitely the best policy! Why? Well, the Bible commands it! We are called to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. Lying and being deceitful are definitely not Christ like attributes.
But what’s the harm in a little white lie, you may ask! Well, because it may seem little at the time but one lie turns into another and then it will end up snowballing out of control. Before you know it, you’re so far into the lie that you can’t even see the truth!
Being an honest person shows great character!
Being honest is in the 10 Commandments! Exodus 20:16 says:
You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor!
And in the end? The truth ALWAYS comes out in the end. It may take some time but the truth always reveals itself in the end and now you’ve got a situation that you possibly wouldn’t even be in had you just told the truth in the beginning.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.