Honesty: A Proper Perspective

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Proverbs 11:1 Dissected and Defined

A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.

Balance is to determine equality or weight
Abomination means to possess extreme hatred 
Just Weight is a properly determined quantity of a body

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

Nothing pleases God more than fair and honest dealing. The truth is that nothing is more necessary in life in order to make our devotions to him acceptable.

Honesty in the Work Place

When I first left my job in the oil business to go full time in ministry, I had a meeting with my pastor. He would be my new employer and direct boss. One thing he said to me that I will never forget was this: “Steve, I have one very serious policy. If you ever lie to me about anything I will have to fire you.” At first, I was taken aback and didn’t know what to think. No lies? Obviously, a lie shouldn’t be tolerated, but termination? It seemed a harsh penalty. But he went on to tell me that as a leader, he could never trust someone who had previously lied to him. He would lose the balance in their relationship. It would destroy the confidence and trust that he had in that individual. How could he depend on them in times of trouble ever again? A leader would never know where the liar stood. Their word would no longer be their bond.

I believe this policy is a good one. I have adapted it in our ministry, as well. You need to know that all things are balanced and that words, motives, and desires can be taken literally and at face value.

How Does God Feel About Dishonesty

The same is true in life. God has designed a system that is balanced on the weight of honesty! God has extreme hatred for dishonesty. Those who work every benefit in life from a position of dishonesty will have a hard time gaining God’s blessing. This reference deals with more than just money. It is also a proper perspective for all our dealings in life. Whenever people are working with other people, we need to balance all of life’s dealings on the fulcrum of honesty. And that’s the honest truth!

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