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Honesty is Everything

“The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.”

– Proverbs 10:32

Integrity is the most vital characteristic of a genuine leader. In fact, I don’t believe there is a trait more prized or cherished in today’s environment than being genuinely authentic. Being honest, both with ourselves and with others cultivate heart and mind serenity. Truthfulness is a long-term benefit that much overcomes the discomfort of having to speak truthfully in difficult or embarrassing situations. Have you ever worked for a boss who was not straightforward? I’m afraid I have, and it was one of the most stressful experiences of my life. Nobody wants to follow someone who is evasive and untrustworthy. When you’re not sure if the person who’s leading you is being honest about how you’re doing or where you’re headed, it might be frustrating. When you work for someone like that, you won’t get honest criticism since they perceive you as a rival rather than a member of the same team. Such people have made dishonesty a habit, and it’s difficult to regain your trust after they have broken it.

Unfortunately, if a few small lies are not revealed and turned around, they can grow to a life of deception and game-playing, but believe me when I say that this is not God’s best for you! I urge you to make honesty and integrity your guiding principles. Be a person that others can trust to tell the truth, whether it costs you something or everything, at home, with friends, or at work. Live life openly and genuinely, and watch as the Lord grows your influence and utilizes your transparency to impact the situations and cultures in which you lead.

Prayer


Jesus, please help me to walk in truth and humility because I want to live a life of integrity.

Reflection


Are you a person of integrity?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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