“Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” Ro 12:17
Eventually lies are exposed. The truth will always surface. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper” (Pr 28:13). Anyone who does business with you wants to know the truth—the whole truth. Jesus had the greatest product on earth—salvation. He offered the human race an opportunity to have a relationship with God. He even promised them a home in heaven. But He never painted a distorted picture. After talking about the advantages of following Him, He spelled out the challenges. “Ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Mt 24:9). Jesus offered people more than a pie-in-the-sky philosophy. He believed in preparing people for every possible situation that could arise. In an age when bankers and businessmen twist the truth to enhance the bottom line, God calls on you to be honest, even to your own hurt. If you represent God, and if you want to experience His blessing, you must do business His way. An honest relationship is worth more than a hundred sales. Your integrity will be remembered longer than your product. We as a nation need to go back to what made us great in the first place. Thomas Jefferson said, “The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.” In the Bible, God’s people were largely an agricultural community. So God laid it on the line: “Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity” (Lev 19:35 NIV). John Parnell wrote, “It matters not what you do, make a nation or a shoe. For he who does an honest thing, in God’s pure sight is ranked a king.”
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