As Christians, one of the hardest thing to do is to be honest in all our ways. It could be in the words that we speak to others or in the actions that we take that affect other people. Even white lies can compromise our faith. But why should we choose to be honest despite all the forces that push us to do otherwise? Here are some reasons:
When we continuously speak and act in an honest way, we develop integrity, whether personally or professionally. People value Integrity. Highly successful companies, for example, choose people with integrity as their executives because they can be trusted. It says in Luke 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much”
Strengthening our faith
Remaining truthful needs a lot of hard work. When we are in a difficult situation, we are tempted to lie. It maybe because of the desperation we feel at the moment. But we should be reminded that desperation itself is a demonstration of our lack of faith. To strengthen our faith in God, we must always choose to speak our truth. We can’t do this on our own so we should keep praying for it. It says in Romans 12:3, "Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."
Aligning our lives with God’s will
Choosing to live in truth every moment of our lives is not easy. But doing so opens the door for us to be blessed by the Lord. When we stop telling lies, keep our word and commit to telling the truth, we align ourselves with God’s will. Easier said than done, but as Christians, we are asked to do what’s right instead of what’s convenient. It says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Living a courageous life
When we are scared and anxious, we have the tendency to justify our lies. We want to protect ourselves rather than trust in the Lord that He will take care of us. But we should be reminded that even if we choose not to tell the truth at a particular moment, truth will come out sooner or later. So when we find ourselves lying at the onset, pray to God for the opportunity to still do the right thing and tell the truth, the short term consequences might not be good, but it will be beneficial for you in the long term. Always choose to live courageously by speaking your truth. And it says in Matthew 10:26, “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”