So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth”
because we belong to each other.
Oswald Chambers advised, “Never support an experience which does not have God as its source, and faith in God as its result.” These words serve as a powerful reminder that as Christians we are called to walk with God and to obey His commandments. But, we live in a world that presents us with countless temptations to wander far from God’s path. These temptations have the potential to destroy us, in part, because they cause us to be dishonest with ourselves and with others.
Dishonesty is a habit. Once we start bending the truth, we’re likely to keep bending it. A far better strategy, of course, is to acquire the habit of being completely forthright with God, with other people, and with ourselves. Honesty is also a habit, a habit that pays powerful dividends for those who place character above convenience. So, the next time you’re tempted to bend the truth—or to break it—ask yourself this simple question: “What does God want me to do?” Then listen carefully to your conscience. When you do, your actions will be honorable, and your character will take care of itself. (100 Days of Prayer)
A person’s character is determined by his motives, and motive is always a matter of the heart. - John Eldredge
Right actions done for the wrong reason do not help to build the internal quality of character called a “virtue,” and it is this quality or character that really matters. - C. S. Lewis
God never called us to naïveté. He called us to integrity. The biblical concept of integrity emphasizes mature innocence not childlike ignorance. - Beth Moore
A solid trust is based on a consistent character. - John Maxwell
Heavenly Father, help me see the truth, help me speak the truth, and help me live the truth— today and every day of my life. Amen