Honesty

Solomon wrote, “A truthful witness gives honest testimony but a false witness tells liea:“ (Prov. 12:17),

A certain woman, preparing to entertain guests, went to a small grocery store to buy food. She stopped at the meat counter and asked the attendant for a large chicken. He reached down into the cold storage compartment, grabbed the last chicken he had, and placed it on the scale. “This one weighs four pounds, ma’am,” he said.

“I’m not sure that will be enough,” the woman replied. “Don’t you have a bigger one?”

The attendant put the chicken back into the compartment, pretended to search through the melting ice for another one, and then brought out the same bird, discreetly applying some finger pressure to the scale. “Ah,” he said with a smile, “this one weighs six pounds.”

“I’m just not sure,” the woman said with a frown. “I’ll tell you what—wrap them both up for me!”

How often have you considered that dishonesty can never be completely hidden? It was Abraham Lincoln, one of the most practical men ever to serve as president of our nation who said, “You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.

“Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each man have his praise from God” (1 Cor 4:5).

When we turn in our final report of how we’ve lived, to be approved of the good Lord, honesty now will reap a great dividend then.

“Now we pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we may appear approved, but that ye may do that which is honorable, though we be as reprobate” (2 Cor 13:7).

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