A Christian cannot live a happy and fruitful life without being an honest person (Luke 8:15). What if God wasn’t honest? There would be no basis of trust in living or in dying. What if honesty was not a part of our legal system? There could be no justice. That is why it is perjury to bear false witness so that honesty could be protected in a witness giving testimony. 1 Peter 2:12 says, “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.” What does that honesty look like? When you practice honesty you have these character traits:
1. INTEGRITY – We do the right thing even if it is the hardest thing.
2. TRUSTWORTHY – We follow through – we can be counted on to do what we say we’ll do.
3. FAIRNESS AND HONOR – We won’t take things we don’t deserve like credit, awards, praise, or money.
4. SINCERE AND TRUTHFUL – We mean what we say and don’t say something we don’t mean.
5. GENUINE – We won’t exaggerate or pretend to be someone or something we are not.
6. FORTHRIGHT – We do not make false statements, leave false impressions, or deliberately use vague ambiguous statements to mislead, evade, or conceal the whole truth.
(Also, concealing isn’t lying if no obligation exists to reveal a fact; no one has a right to lie but not everyone has a right to know everything).
7. KINDNESS AND DISCRETION – We are careful about what we say and the way we say it. Some people who claim they are just being “brutally honest” get more satisfaction out of the “brutal” than out of the “honest.”