Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness and straightforwardness of conduct. It is also the absence of lying, cheating (deceit) or theft. Furthermore, it means being trustworthy, loyal, fair and sincere.
Honesty is a rare virtue in the life of our present day youths. Youths these days feel that it is worthless to be honest. Thanks to technology which has worsen the rate at which youths indulge in dishonest lifestyle. The advent of technology and our arrival at an age known as the ‘Jet Age’ has really put the youth in a position to be dishonest even to their own consciences. It is on this premise that I make bold to say that complete honesty is a virtue that can be found in the life of a true child of God.
On the contrary, the youths have a whole lot to lose. They stand to lose their integrity, self-esteem, self-worth; they carry guilty consciences everywhere they go, and above all, they lose what makes being a Christian worthwhile: eternity in heaven.
Honesty, though quite a rare virtue in the life of youths of this generation, could be imbibed and inculcated into our lives by understanding first that it pays a whole lot to be honest and know that there are gains to being honest; some of the gains include the following:
- Honesty develops character;
- Honesty ensures that one’s credibility in the home front, society and the nation at large is checked;
- Honesty establishes trust in the hearts of the people we come across in our daily lives.
Honestly speaking (writing), you don’t owe anyone any explanation of your honesty. Neither do you need the use of swear words to explain your honesty or sincerity to issues.
In Matthew 5 vs 34 – 39, Jesus has these to say,
34. “But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
35. Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”
For the severity of this topic and the need to see it as an important aspect to Christianity, James had to expound on it thus:
In James 5 vs 12
“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
In fact, the above two scriptures adjoins us to really steer clear of swear words as James categorically stated what the consequence of doing so is – condemnation.
So, honesty is not measured by the amount of swear words you can use, but in the integrity of your heart and how you value a good name. When you have built for yourself a level of credibility or reputation, honesty is your surest bet to keep it on a clean sheet.
I for one, cannot remember the last time I used swear words; although I did so in the past but had to give it up as soon as the Lord Jesus washed me clean of all my sinful ways and I came into the knowledge of the truth. All glory be unto Him.
In all your toiling in life, I’d encourage and admonish that you put on the cloak of honesty and never get it off again as it can be to you, a life saver and make your reputation, more cachet