Proverbs 12:17 - A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.
Honesty is more than just being honest with others. It applies to us as well. It’s easy to skirt around the borders of honesty and tell small lies, or leave out parts of a story. But we’re the ones who know the truth and this can damage how we perceive ourselves, which can cause us to hate ourselves. We must stop the judgmental cycle and give ourselves the chance to at least strive towards facing a true life. If you do, it’s worth the risk. Others will then begin to see the true you; someone who no longer pretends to be something they’re not. God will honor our efforts and will help us grow through this process. It’s never easy, but coming up with lies to tell ourselves and others can be harder. Let God tell you who he thinks you are. Then, the next time your mind starts to cause your imagination to explode on you, stop the thought and take it captive. Ask yourself if what you’re thinking is who you want to be. Be honest, but also take action and believe the encouraging words God is speaking to you and let the lies fly away.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.