Be Honest (The Brother’s Keeper #60)


Dear Y.B.M.,

One of the first marks of a young man who has good character is honesty. Because there are so many people who will be dishonest to keep a job, to get money, or to get out of a bad situation, the world wants, and desperately needs, honest men who will stand up for truth in every situation.

It is evident that God hates the sin of dishonesty by the number of times He warns against it in His Holy Word. Here are a few verses from the Bible that refer to the sin of lying:

Exodus 20:16 says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness…”

Proverbs 19:9 says, “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.”

Romans 13:13 says, “Let us walk honestly.”

2 Corinthians 8:21 says, “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”

There is no instance in which lying will help you better than telling the truth. I have learned by experience that people will respect you more and get along with you better if you tell them the truth — even if you think it will make you look bad in their sight. Some people who are worried about others’ opinions of them build a house of lies around themselves — they lie about their past, they lie about who they are, they lie about what they have done. The problem is that once someone finds out that you lied to them about one thing, you give them reason to question whether you have lied to them about other things. In every situation, it is best to be upfront and honest.

No matter what you do, or what anybody else does, do not lie. Do not be afraid to tell the truth on yourself or on anybody else. Live a life of transparency and authenticity. Don’t try to appear as someone that you are not.

In the end, the truth always wins.

Daniel Whyte III

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

Thomas Jefferson said, “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Zig Ziglar said, “The foundation stones for balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”

William Shakespeare said, “No legacy is so rich as honesty.”

Virginia Woolf said, “If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

Albert Einstein said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

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Truthfulness, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #46)

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Truthfulness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Let’s consider the question, How Can We Learn Truth?

We naturally tend to accept false ideas because the ways of death appeal to our human reasoning. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Therefore, it is easy to believe lies, which come from Satan, since he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 says, “When [the devil] speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Furthermore, if a person rejects the truth, God will send him strong delusions, and he will believe a lie. To learn truth, we need initiative and diligence in the following areas:

1. Filling our souls with truth. James 1:21 says, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

2. Studying the meaning of truth. Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Truthfulness, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #45)

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Truthfulness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Let’s consider the question, What Does Truth Do?

There is power in truth, because it is the very essence of God and the means by which He carries out His work in the world.

1. Truth brings us into Christ. James 1:18 says, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”

2. Truth brings us to the light. John 3:21 says, “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

3. Truth purifies our souls. 1 Peter 1:22 says, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.”