“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.” -John Lennon
2 Timothy 2:15- Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Ephesians 4:25- Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Luke 6:31- Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Proverbs 11:3- The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
Matthew 5:8- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Being honest is not always the easiest thing to do, but as referenced above, it is always the right thing to do. Personally, I have found that being honest typically leads to better results as well. It can sometimes be uncomfortable and lead to unforeseen obstacles, but is always the right choice in terms of future relationships and consequences. Even in cases when we lie and get away with it, there always seems to be a lingering feeling of uneasiness regarding the dishonest act. Perhaps this is the feeling of shame which is referenced in 2 Timothy. We can avoid such feelings by doing our best to be honest and to do on to others as we would have them do onto us. After all, we are all members of one body and are encouraged to maintain integrity. Today you can maintain integrity. Today you can treat others as you would have them treat you. Today you can be honest!
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ― Isaac Asimov
Job 12:13- To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His.
Proverbs 2:6- For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 3:13-18- Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Proverbs 4: 5-9- Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.
It seems like today, more than ever, everyone has their own opinion about what is right and wrong. Not only that, but more often than not people are unwilling to compromise their opinions, or even consider the views of others. Given this phenomenon, the concept of gaining wisdom becomes extraordinarily salient. Still, people will inevitably vary in their views of what is “wise”. As a Christian who believes in the word of God, the concept of gaining the “right” kind of wisdom is quite easy. After all, Job reminds us that wisdom belongs to God. In Proverbs we are told that the Lord gives us wisdom and later on that such wisdom will protect us. So, why not strive to gain such a path to pleasantness and peace? Why not seek that which will give us grace and present us with a glorious crown? Today you can seek the word of God. Today you can acquire that which has been deemed better than any amount of gold or silver, wisdom.