It’s easy to be honest when there’s no risk. For instance, it’s not hard to tell your best friend she looks stunning in a gown that’s simply beautiful on her. It’s also quite easy to tell your parents when you’re going to the library to study for an upcoming exam. However, are you just as honest in other circumstances?
What happens when it’s not the library that you want to go to, but a party that you know you’re parents won’t permit you to attend? Are you still honest when you know that your peers will be drinking alcohol and dancing provocatively at this party, or do you downplay it and tell your parents that it’s “just a small get together”?
Have you ever changed your clothing after arriving at school because you knew that your parents wouldn’t approve of the “sexy” clothes that you were wearing? Have you ever outright lied to your parents because you were afraid to tell them the truth?
Don’t get me wrong–we’re all guilty of being dishonest at some point in our lives because NO ONE is perfect! However, God needs to be able to trust you. When God can trust you to be honest, He’ll give you more opportunities to serve in The Kingdom. When your parents know they can trust you, they’ll give you more independence. When you prove to be trustworthy to your friends and peers, they’ll begin to look up to you, giving you more opportunities to witness to them.
It’s important to understand that honesty gives birth to trustworthiness. Here are a few tips to help you with being honest in all situations:
- When you’re worried about telling the truth, ask The Holy Spirit to give you the strength that you need to be honest. The Holy Spirit is your guide and comforter, and He’ll give you the strength that you need.
- Keep in mind that God has to be able to trust you before He can use you.
- Remind yourself that trust isn’t easily established and once it’s been breached, it’s hard to recover. Have you ever been caught in a lie before? I bet it took awhile before you were able to regain that person’s trust again.
- When tempted to be dishonest, ask yourself, “What would Jesus do in this situation?”
- Remind yourself that if you have to lie about where you’re going, then you probably shouldn’t be there in the first place.
- Keep in mind that your parents were your age once and they’ve been through the same struggles you’re going through now. They understand more than you might realize and they want to help you! Although they may not approve of everything you do, they’ll be proud of you for being honest.
- God is counting on you to be the leader. Set an example with your honesty!
- Most importantly, remind yourself that God sees everything you do and He hears everything you say. Are you making God proud by being honest?
God will forgive you for your mistakes because He is a loving and merciful God. Be honest with God, be honest with yourself, and be honest with others. This doesn’t mean be mean-spirited, because everything we do should be done in LOVE! However, a trustworthy person is a BEAUTIFUL person.
Consider this: Would you rather spend time with someone you can trust, or with someone who’s always being caught in a lie?