Read: Joshua 7
An honest person is known for his sincerity and truthfulness. Their actions will be reflected in their relationship with family members, colleagues at work place, and with people whom they associate with on a daily basis. A true Christian will represent the virtue of being honest in everything. They will be known by their fruit (Matt. 7:16). God’s standards on honesty are very high. God’s commandments teach us “not to steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another” (Lev. 19:11), “nor bear false witness against your neighbour or covet anything that belongs to your neighbour” (Exod. 20:15-17).
The Bible tells us that “He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known” (Prov. 10:9). Achan stole a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels from the Jericho attack and hid them in his tent. God had forbidden the Israelites from taking anything from Jericho during the attack, and yet Achan’s greed led him to be dishonest. As a result, God punished Achan and his family by exposing their theft. They were stoned to death along with their possessions (Joshua 7).
God abhors people who cheat for dishonest gains. “An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies” (Prov. 14:5). Some merchants trick their customers using an improper weighing balance. “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight” (Prov. 11:1). “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who deal truthfully are His delight” (Prov. 12:22). We are the children of God, and so let us bear His character of truth and honesty. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matt. 5:8).