Believers Are To Live Honorable Lives

To live honorable lives was the second qualification given by God and recorded by Paul in

Philippians 4: 8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” 

But 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 the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

Proverbs 12: 22The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.”

 Proverbs 19: 9  “A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours 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.

 

Doris Lisemby