Sometimes we pretend to be someone we’re not, because we care what others think about us. But God knows the true us, and He still loves and cares about us more than anyone else ever will. It is His opinion we should value. Our salvation is not based on what we can do for Him, but what He did for us. Our words and actions should honor and praise God.
What do others see when they look at you – someone whose faith in Jesus is real or just another faker?
The more you know …
Scripture reminds us that dishonest people cannot stay in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 101:7). God wants His people to be honest in both words and actions (Ephesians 4:15). He desires for us to be real before Him and with others. We must stop the cycle of doing what we shouldn’t and not doing what we should (Romans 7:15). We must strive to be authentically sincere like Christ.
Our love of God draws us closer to Him and empowers us to be more like Him. An honest person is motivated by love, acting in wisdom and kindness (Proverbs 19:22; Ephesians 4:29). Possessing honesty as a character trait is a clear sign of the Spirit’s work in us.
This week’s lesson offers a closer look at the mistakes of Abraham and David, reminding us that others suffered because of their dishonesty. Learning from the mistakes of the great heroes of faith is a blessing and an encouragement. May we allow the Lord to make us more like Him, one who values and exhibits sincerity.