Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an HONEST and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Trust is the basis for all relationships and honesty is the best policy – always. Dishonesty, of course, undermines this trust. How serious honesty is in God’s eyes is reflected directly in two of the Ten Commandments. The 5th commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” and the 9th commandment, “Thou shalt not lie.”
Jesus revealed that honesty was one of the keys to fruitfulness. Jesus said that good ground that produced fruit in the parable of the sower sowing the Word of God into our heart in Luke 8:15, was first of all an honest (fair, right, honorable, good, admirable, becoming) heart. Seed can be good seed but it needs good soil. If there are bad things in the soil it hurts the seed’s production. I believe honesty clears the ground of our heart from what hinders the Word of God producing in us. As long as there is no dishonesty, lies, or deceit in our heart the Word of God will, in time, bring forth its fruit in us. Let’s be honest with God, with ourselves, and with others. God’s Word is not silent on the subject of honesty. We are to:
1. DENOUNCE DISHONESTY
2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
2. PROVIDE THINGS HONEST IN THE SIGHT OF ALL MEN
2 Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
3. THINK ON HONEST THINGS
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
4. WALK HONESTLY
1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
5. LIVE HONESTLY
Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
6. HAVE OUR LIFESTYLE HONEST
1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.