Better Together | Through Honesty

I continue to reflect on how we are BETTER TOGETHER and this week we are looking at the importance of HONESTY. God craves men and women of integrity and honesty. In our relationships with one another, honesty is a key building block. King David was raising money for the new temple and he shared how giving to God is a test of integrity and honesty. He states in 1 Chronicles 29:17 – “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”
The Apostle Paul also teaches about honesty to the early church. He reminds them we are to be “sincere” to God and one another.  I love the Pastor’s heart shared by Paul to his church family.  He doesn’t preach at them and say, “you need to do the following.” Instead he includes himself as one who is still on the faith journey with them. He says we and the term “Let Us.”  (Let us draw near to God. Let us hold on to hope. Let us spur on one another. Let us not give up meeting together. Let us encourage one another.) Paul states in Hebrews 10:22-25 – “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
David and Paul are both great leaders and both focus on the importance of faithfulness and integrity. Both made huge mistakes and yet confessed their sinfulness. They were honest with God and those around them. Both overcame their sins to be used by God in powerful ways. Let us follow David and Paul and grow in our honesty. Let us continue to hold on to the hope we have received in Christ Jesus.
Questions to Consider:
1. How would you define honesty? 
2. When is a time recently when someone was dishonest with you? How were you able to resolve it?
3. How does honesty strengthen our relationships? When is a time when you were honest lately? 

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn