Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

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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.

Proverbs 10:9:

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Proverbs 12:22:

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!

Image result for luke 16 10And 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.

Philippians 4:8-9




3 thoughts on “Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?”

  1. I do agree Leigh that we should speak honestly. There are times that come that Honesty can severely hurt a person. So we have to be very careful with our words.

    If my wife makes a meal that I just do not like and she slaved it over at 4 hours am I right to say I don’t like it? Or should I say it sure is interesting? If she is wearing a new outfit and she seems really pleased with it and I see that it doesn’t look quite right do I tell her that something’s wrong or do I say I think you look beautiful in it? If she comes out and says do I look fat in this outfit and I see that it definitely accentuates the larger part of her body do I tell her no?

    I think we need to choose our words wisely and we can still speak honestly. Now you may say there’s some deception in that but how do we get around it?

    If you have the answer to that you might save a lot of marriages


    1. No, you’re absolutely right! We definitely should be careful with our words. I guess I wasn’t thinking about stuff like that but it makes sense! We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. It’s true, we need to be careful with what we say and how we say it.

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