How much does God care about our honesty? Does it actually matter if we don’t speak the truth? Does it bother the Lord if we don’t live the truth?
Here’s an answer.
“The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.” Proverbs 11:1
This first verse in Proverbs 11 is pretty sobering. God detests dishonest scales. That means He hates it when we don’t live in integrity, and we attempt to cheat our fellow man. Do I want to be on the side of the things God hates? Do I really want to live in the place of what God detests? So, perhaps this calls for a self-examination.
Are my words truthful? Are my actions authentic? Does what I say line up with what I do? Is my heart filled with knowing and following the Lord because He is Truth? Does my private life match my public life?
Chapter 11 goes on, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” Proverbs 11:2-3
Jesus made it clear that no man can actually serve two masters. We can’t exist in two worlds. We must let integrity rule our lives, not unfaithfulness in our words or deeds.
Father, please forgive any dishonesty on my part. I repent of words, deeds, thoughts, actions that are dishonest scales. Help me to live Your truth and always to speak Your truth.