Posts Tagged ‘honesty’

  

“But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers‬ ‭32‬:‭23‬ NLT)

At just 19 years old, William Henry McCarty Jr., aka William Bonney, aka “Billy the Kid,” had already achieved national infamy as one of the most well-known outlaws of the day. But by 1878, tired of his life of crime, he allegedly wrote to the newly appointed governor of New Mexico, Lew Wallace, that he was tired of fighting.

Wallace responded with an immunity deal if Billy would testify against others in the infamous Lincoln County War, a personal mission of the governor. Billy’s testimony led to some 50 arrests! Yet, Wallace refused to pardon him, as was promised. Thus, Billy escaped from jail, resuming a rampage of crime and murders. It leaves one to think, what would’ve happened had Wallace kept his word?

When you don’t keep your word, everyone pays a price. So be a person of your word! Whether to God or another person, do what you obligate yourself to, even if it hurts. If not, it will hurt worse! You are loved! Do right! 

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They say to the seers, ‘See no more visions!’ and to the prophets, ‘Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.'” (Isaiah‬ ‭30‬:‭10‬ NIV)

Søren Kierkegaard was a 19th-century Danish theologian and philosopher. Still a lightning rod years after his death, Kierkegaard was known for his attack on the empty formalities and shallowness of the Church of Denmark. In reference to the issue of self-deception, something he saw both in the world and the church, he once said, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

We all like to see life through our rose-colored glasses because negativity is such a drain. But as Christians, we must live passionately for truth, even that which hurts us. A true disciple knows not only the sting of correction, but also the benefit of the needed change, as well as the love of a friend who may have shared it. When we practice self-deception (“I’m a good person”, “God knows my heart”, “They had that coming”…), we become blind to real truth, the things that set us free. And self-imposed bondage is the most shameful of all.

Be a person of truth! The hard admissions that we must reconcile only serve to make us stronger disciples, a people that can lead out of a true example, not a hollow shell of how we wish to be seen. Embrace hard truth! You are loved today!

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For my people are determined to desert me. They call me the Most High, but they don’t truly honor me.” (Hosea‬ ‭11‬:‭7‬ NLT)

As I treadmilled and ellipticaled my body into painful submission this morning, the television at the gym was turned to national news. Between stories, hundreds of political ads beckoned uncommitted voters to choose their candidate. As the smear ads raced on, I realized that there’s not a single candidate running that’s not guilty of extortion, embezzlement, adultery, or some other illicit or illegal vice! At least that’s how all the local commercials portrayed it.

In our text, God calls us out on OUR hypocrisy. I say “our” because we can’t point fingers as they do in the campaign spots. I must stand on my own two feet before my God, just as you must, and give an account for how I behave. I have to realize that either I am or I am not doing the Christ Life right, and all that this realization may bring.

I love to vote and engage in my country’s wellbeing. But I hate having to settle for the lesser of two evils. Don’t live in such a manner that God feels the same way when looking at your life. Develop a non-hypocrite lifestyle that makes Jesus look real to everyone you meet! You are loved today!