A Deceitful Life

1 Peter 3:10 (ESV) 10 Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.

Honesty is one of the most crucial characteristics of being a Christian because it comes with aligning ourselves and our lives with the truth of Jesus Christ. To know and walk with God earnestly is to tear down the walls of dishonesty. He does not ask us to be perfect; He only asks us to be vulnerable and open with Him so that He can be our strength. When we lie to ourselves or others (and especially God), we miss out on true connection the way God designed it and can stumble into hot water pretty quickly.

When we live honestly, we find a life of abundance and, peace and joy because there is nothing holding us back from the love of God. No shame, no fear, no smoke and mirrors. And we also know that when we are honest with God about our shortcomings and confess that we need Him, He always completes us and comes to our rescue.

Honesty is how we encounter the Father. God cares about the state of your heart. When we live in fear, we wrap our heart in barbed wire and use lies to try and escape the shame of not feeling good enough or lovable. All God wants to do is love you exactly where you are and how you are today. He cares about substance and transparency more than He cares about you being perfect (news flash: it’s impossible to be perfect). When we are vulnerable and honest about our shortcomings, He is glorified, and His grace is sufficient for us.

Questions: Are you living an honest life, or are you trying to portray yourself (to God/others) as someone that you’re not? Is your relationship with yourself honest?

Prayer: Father help me to make honesty a priority in my relationship with you as well as my relationship with others. Use my shortcomings to magnify your greatness. Help me to find comfort in my discomfort and teach me to love myself through your eyes so that I do not need to use lying as a means to cover my shame. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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