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.
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. Jesus was saying that honesty was one of the keys to our heart being good soil and bringing forth fruit from the Word sown into us.
Honesty before God and in our relationships should be a high priority to every Christian. 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.” For those of you who think the Ten Commandments have no value to the Christian under grace and that there’s no learning that can come from the Ten Commandments I feel sorry for you and am praying for you.
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 in 2018. God’s Word is not silent on the subject of honesty. We are to:
- Denounce dishonesty 2 Corinthians 4:1, 2.
- Provide things honest in the sight of all men 2 Corinthians 8:21.
- Think honestly Philippians 4:8.
- Walk honestly 1 Thessalonians 4:12.
- Live honestly Hebrews 13:18.
- Have our lifestyle honest 1 Peter 2:12.