Honesty Approved

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Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 17:1-29, John 19:23-42, Psalm 119:129-152, Proverbs 16:12-13

Daily Verse: “Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.” Prov. 16:13

Honesty approved.

Applying to government, candid people bring value. Ideal rulers prefer truth over anything else. Unfortunately, narratives don’t equal facts. People tell many stories in today’s world.

Ron and I love watching “true story” movies. But I learned we must discern the language used to describe the narrative. “Inspired by” differs from “Based on.” A story developed from inspiration doesn’t reflect the whole truth, whereas one based on actual events tells the facts. People take many liberties with inspiration, knowing that changes what I think of the movie, not believing everything.

Integrity begins with us. As Christ’s followers, honoring Jesus means telling the truth, taking responsibility for our actions, and setting an example of righteous lips. Expecting honesty from others but not putting the same expectations on ourselves doesn’t serve Christ or anyone else.

Live a life based on truth; search for the facts before believing the narrative. Understand, in today’s world; people care more about the story than they do the truth. We shouldn’t believe everything we hear.

Lord, forgive us for falling for false tales. Please help us have a discerning heart that can quickly identify the lies of this world. Let us represent Christ well by living a life of integrity and always speaking the truth. IJNIP. Amen

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