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The Demands of Honesty Deuteronomy 25:13-16 God’s Honesty Is Our Standard All righteous conduct is based on God’s holiness Lev. 19:1-2 This is basis for various laws to follow Deut. 6:1-9 Law based on person & character of God 1 Pet. 1:16 Principle repeated in the N.T. One aspect of God’s holiness is absolute honesty Titus 1:2 “God, who cannot lie…” Heb. 6:18 “It is impossible for God to lie” 2 Tim. 2:13 Abides faithful, “for cannot deny Himself” If we are honest as God is honest, we will reject all forms & cases of falsehood regardless of situation The Honesty Required of Man Must Be Honesty With Others Honesty illustrated with fidelity in business practice Gen. 39:4-6 All in Joseph’s hand -- Potiphar’s full trust 2 Kgs. 12:15 Trust workmen because “dealt faithfully” Deut. 25:13f Just weights & measures important to God 1 Cor. 4:2 Stewards required to be found faithful God’s word tells us to be honest in every case Rom. 12:17 “Provide things honest in sight of all men” Eph. 4:25 “Speak ye truth each man to his neighbor” Col. 3:9-10 Christians told not to lie to one another Prov. 6:16f God hates dishonest - destroys all relations Lies & deceit are never allowed in any situation Must Be Honesty With God Man’s deception & dishonesty before God is futile Gen. 3:8f Attempts to hide from God are futile Acts 5:1-11 Attempts at lying to God are futile Gal. 6:7-8 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked” 1 Cor. 6:9f All-knowing God controls kingdom gate To please God, we must be honest about His will Jn. 8:31-32 Free only by knowing & obeying truth Luke 8:4-15 Parable of sower -- various kinds of hearts Only “good & honest heart” properly receives word Most problems do not come from complexity of the Scripture, but from hearts unwilling to be honest Must Be Honesty With Self Men try various ways to delude self (Prov. 16:2) Jas. 1:13-16 “God made me depraved -- had to sin” Luke 10:27f “Too hard to understand law -- gray area” 1 Sam. 15:15 “My way is really better than law given” Matt. 7:22f “Good I do will overshadow this one sin” Must honestly face thoughts & actions of self Jas. 1:22-27 How do we look at self compared to word? Matt. 26:20f Are we sincerely asking, “Is it I”? 2 Cor. 13:5 Are we trying self or covering up? Lying to self brings destruction just like lying to others As I look at self, am I lost & needing to obey now?
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