You know sometimes I think about writing a post and end up not posting after about the first sentence because sometimes it’s just not what I feel called to post about. If I am to let God, the Holy Spirit speak through me divinely, then I must respect His every movement within me, even when I’d rather do otherwise.
So I felt called to share with you, lovely readers, the importance of honesty. Short and sweet, is that there’s a reason lying is a sin. God isn’t a “fun-sucker,” He just knows what’s best. Simple as that. He’s like an amazing parent combined with your best-friend, all without the flaws. They call you out, kindly, and discipline you, not in a harsh way, but all in a loving,cherishing, “you’re my own flesh and blood” sort of way. Is it not true when we bear the name “Christian,” we are entering into being a part of the Body of Christ?
Right now, I am surrounded by a few people currently who are straight up with me, even when they may not want to be. And it means so much to me. Sometimes, let’s be honest (bada boom chhh), we hate the truth because it usually reveals something about ourselves that we don’t like. Many times we lead entire lives composed of a lie just to impress others or distract them from the real us… and during all that time we’re wasting we’re missing out on real-life, a life to the fullest.
Which is why lying just sucks, and honesty rocks.
When we surround ourselves with people who are lovingly honest, we enter into a community that allows so much growth because we aren’t held back by fake goals or motivations. Not to mention you start to be honest too…
I’m reminded constantly in the Gospel how Christ was lovingly honest to His followers and disciples, and rewarded those who were honest with Him. In Luke, Jesus is asked to heal a centurion’s servant. This centurion ended up not speaking a word to Jesus personally (according to Luke’s account, he just kept sending friends or messengers to them to speak to Jesus on his behalf). The centurion felt that he was unworthy to even be in Jesus’ presence. The centurion understood that God was on His way to his house, and he was totally unworthy, even to speak to Him. The centurion, a “man of authority,” was honest with himself: his authority was nothing compared to His.
Though I may not command a hundred men, I have tough issues with my pride, and pride often stems from the inability to be honest with myself, to recognize that I am not in control.
Because of the centurions faith, his servant was healed and Jesus exclaimed that he had yet to find faith as strong as the centurions, even in Israel (where the people were supposed to have the MOST faith!!!).
My hope is that you engage your faith honestly. Ask questions, discuss doubts with others, be accountable to one another. We are all a part of this enormous dysfunctional family called the Church and the only way to start establishing solid foundations is to: 1) rely solely on Christ who spoke the Word of God and 2) be lovingly honest with one another.
Lying is simply the Enemy’s tool that delays us from achieving the love, blessings and hopes of Christ through others.