Be Honest

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Consider this: If something is 99% true it’s still a…what? That’s right. It’s still a lie. 

Far too often, those who live a Christian life lie to ourselves and to others. To share some examples, we may lie about…

  • Our day. We’ll say we’re having a good day even if we’re not. 
  • Our feelings. We’ll say we’re doing well even if we’re actually hurting, confused, sad, or depressed. 
  • Our spending. We’ll tell our boss (or spouse) we only spent what was necessary even if we actually spent more than was necessary. 
  • Our decisions. We’ll say, “Yes, I’d love to help out with that project,” even though we really want to say no. 

As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility to be 100% honest with God, 100% honest with ourselves, and 100% honest with others. This doesn’t mean we need to share every detail of our lives with every person we interact with throughout the day. But we ought not be afraid to be authentic and share how we’re actually feeling.

READING & PRAYERS:

     EPHESIANS 4:25-32

Pay close attention to your thoughts today, as well as your words to others. Take note of how many times you’re not 100% honest with God, yourself, or others. 

Ephesians 4:29 reads, Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. In what way(s) may God be inviting you to grow in being more open, vulnerable, and real with Him, yourself, and others? Be specific. 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I come to You today and confess that I’m not always as honest as I think I am. Continue to root out of me any and all dishonesty, and guide me to a lifestyle of being both real and encouraging. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

(End with 1-2 minutes of silence)

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