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.”