To live honorable lives was the second qualification given by God and recorded by Paul in Philippians 4: 8. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Before we can truly live an honorable life, perhaps we should define what it means for one to be honorable. According to one definition an honorable person is one who acts and does the right things, and tries to live up those high standards and principles. And telling the truth always in one way that honesty can be demonstrated.
Though you and I consider ourselves to be honest individuals, it takes courage to tell the truth when it will bring punishment. What about when speeding and pulled over by a policeman. You were running late for an important appointment, and knew you were driving fifty miles in a thirty-five mile speed zone, but when you are stopped by a policeman, you aren’t completely honest with him.
Perhaps that is one of the white lies we tell, but Jesus did not make allowance for white lies; so if we tell one, we need to ask forgiveness. Solomon, the wisest man who lived on earth and is credited with the writing of Proverbs, condemned lying
Proverbs 6: 16-19 “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.
Proverbs 19: 9 “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, since lying is one of the first sins of children, each person who reads this devotion has been guilty of lying, but as redeemed individuals give us the courage to tell the truth and always be honorable and truthful. We pray and ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.