10 Signs of a Christian – 5.  Honesty

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.  (Exodus 20:16)

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  (Colossians 3:9-10)

Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.  (Hebrews 13:18)

Learn it:

            The eighth commandment tells us not to give a false testimony against our neighbor.  In short, that means we should not lie.  God is commanding us to be honest and to not lead others astray.  This is a truth that many people, even nonbelievers, would agree with.  We see here that this is not just man’s law but God’s law as well.  God expects us to live honorably in all areas of our lives.  If we do live honorably, we will have a clear conscience.  We will not have any regrets or fears because we have lied.  Lying hinders our relationship with other people but it also drives a wedge between us and God.

            God calls us to a life without deceit and he gives us a way to do it.  We are a NEW CREATION as Colossians 3:9-10 says.  This means we have to let go of some old habits that we used to do.  We need to put on this new self, who is Jesus the Christ!  We put on this new self by having our minds renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is a lifelong process of growing and maturing in our faith.  Our goal is to reflect the image of Jesus and all of his characteristics.  It is possible to do, it takes humility, trust, and a whole lot of the Holy Spirit.

Live it:

            I enjoy watching TV shows and sometimes I’ll find myself talking to the characters because they will be in situations where they just need to be honest, but they will lie in order to spare the other persons feelings.  What happens is they spare the person some small pain but, in the future, they are going to get caught and it’s going to be even worse!  This is where TV shows can be a bit predictable in my opinion but back to the topic at hand. 

Do we ever find ourselves in a similar situation?  We did something small that may hurt someone’s feelings and when confronted about it we lie.  We think we are being nice to them but eventually every lie will be discovered.  When that happens, it will take time for that relationship to be healed.  As followers of Christ we need to live a life of honesty.  From big things to small things and sometimes we will experience pain.  We must speak with gentleness and grace.  When we do that God will bring healing quicker and we will not have to live with the fear of our lies ever coming to light.  We will be able to live a life with more confidence and boldness. 


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