2 CORINTHIANS 4:
1. Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not:
2. But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
I think my honesty is only as sincere as my latest mood swing.
I’m one of the most honest people I know because I’m not easily tempted. I was raised in the Word and don’t do wrong or unfair things just because I think I can get away with it or when no one is looking. I act in a manner that I am hoping everyone else does.
Honesty is stating what you think or feel is the truth at the time according to your moral compass. Some believe truth is relative but I believe in certain absolutes. Everything has a factual base that cannot be denied unless you actually lie.
Some can be honest to the point of being a clod that doesn’t care who they offend in the name of their truth. Some fear lying for the moral implications and actually go so far as to hurt others so they don’t tell a lie. I speak the truth but protect others as I need to depending on the circumstances.
If someone asks you if you like their new dress is it lying to say “It’s lovely!” even if you’re not that enthused? Just stretching the truth or maybe you actually hate it. Either way, no big deal and feelings are spared. On the other hand if someone was doing something downright illegal, dangerous or dishonest and someone else was going to be harmed or get the blame if you didn’t speak up, hopefully you would have the guts to rat them out.
Depending on the conditions, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Little white lies never hurt anyone, or do they?
Just ask Hillary.