8275 honesty

8275 honesty

Behaviour, in action and words, that aims to convey truth. This quality is an essential aspect of God’s own nature and purposes, and is required of those whom he calls to be his people.

Honesty is integral to the gospel

The honesty of God 2Sa 7:28 See also Ps 19:7; Ps 33:4; Ps 111:7; Ps 119:142,151; Isa 45:19; Jer 10:10; Jn 7:28; Ro 3:4; 1Th 1:9; 1Jn 5:20; Rev 3:7; Rev 15:2-3; Rev 19:9

The honesty demanded of believers

Ps 15:1-2; 2Co 4:2 See also Ex 18:21 Dishonest dealing forbidden by God: Lev 19:35-36; Dt 25:13-16
1Ki 9:4-5; Pr 11:1; Eze 45:10; Zec 8:16-17; Jn 4:23-24; Ro 1:18; 1Co 5:8 Paul commends truthful speech: Eph 4:15,25
Php 4:8 Qualities essential in church leadership: 1Ti 3:8; Tit 1:7
Tit 2:7-8

The honesty of Jesus Christ

1Pe 2:22 See also Mt 22:16 pp Mk 12:14 Jesus Christ’s opponents flattering Jesus Christ, but nevertheless speaking the truth.

Other examples of honest behaviour commended by Scripture

Jacob: Ge 30:33; Ge 43:12
1Sa 12:3-5 Samuel; 1Ki 17:24 Elijah; 1Ch 29:17 David; Job 27:4 Job; Da 6:4 Daniel Paul: Ac 24:16; 2Co 1:12; 2Co 2:17; 2Co 4:2

The cost of honesty

Jer 26:15 See also Pr 17:26; Pr 29:10,27; Isa 59:14-15; Am 5:10; Jn 8:45-46; Jn 18:23; Gal 4:16

See also

1065God, holiness of
1075God, justice of
1125God, righteousness
1460truth
5414money, stewardship
5429oaths
5546speech
5587trade
6145deceit
8239earnestness
8714dishonesty
8767hypocrisy