Honesty; October 13, 2019

Proverbs 10:9 The man of integrity walks securely,
but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

Several of the proverbs in this section spoke to me, but this one seems most fundamental. I realized a long time ago that my father’s policy of absolute honesty was ultimately the easiest way to live, because I didn’t have to remember what lie I had told to whom. I think that is precisely what this is talking about. The Japanese calls integrity, “walking perfectly straight,” and in the second half of the verse says, “bends his own path.” I would call that being devious. There are people who bend the truth, or even tell outright lies, for no good reason at all, and they just look foolish and unreliable when they are found out. It approaches absurdity when such people are politicians who are on TV almost every day! Walking straight, as the Japanese says, is certainly the safer course.

For all the fact that I was raised on the principle of absolute honesty, I have still fallen for the temptation to bend things to make me look better (or so I thought). That has never worked well in the long run. I am to speak the truth in love to others, but be brutally honest, as the saying goes, with myself. My words are to be as gentle as possible, but never calling evil good or good evil. The world demands that we do that with distressing frequency! I am to take the course of safety, as this verse describes it, going by God’s definition of what is true and not bowing to political correctness. If I do that, I won’t have to waste time explaining myself!

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for getting us to this meeting yesterday safely in spite of the typhoon. Thank You for arranging exactly who is here, and for Your corrections to the planned schedule. Thank You for guiding so clearly last night, as everyone present in the discussion session had already lost a child to CS. Thank You for guiding what I said, and for what I didn’t say. Thank You for the obvious impact we are having on those families. May this indeed be the occasion of many committing their hearts to Jesus as Lord, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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