The Integrity of the Incredible Family
Honesty – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:5-10
Key Verse: Colossians 3:9
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
As we continue from yesterday’s devotional I want to emphasize how important honesty is in our homes; whether it is with our spouse, our children, or our parents. A relationship can handle the blunders of humanity that we all are guilty of and can’t avoid. However, very few relationships can withstand ongoing dishonesty. Let’s look at a few reasons why this is true.
First, honesty is critical because it doesn’t take very many lies before we are known as a liar. Interestingly, I can seldom find someone who wants to admit to being a liar. We judge ourselves differently than those around us. We justify our actions quickly, trying to dismiss any real damage. But ask yourself: How often does a person have to lie to me before I consider them a liar? You must keep this in mind next time you are tempted to lie to your spouse or child.
Secondly, honesty is critical because once trust is lost, it takes a long time to rebuild it. It is so easy to forget; trust is lost in a moment of dishonesty but will take months to regain. Once you put a question mark in someone’s mind about your honesty, it is hard to erase it! Every word you say will be analyzed and questioned for a long time! Keep your life and your home free of dishonesty!
Father, I will need your courage to tell the truth and nothing but the truth today. I want my life to be free of any dishonesty. In Jesus’ name, amen.