by David Cawston

Be Honest
David A. Cawston
Exodus 20:15

This command from God continues on instructing us in how to deal with others.

"Respect Authority"
Exod 20:12
12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." (NIV)

"Value Life"
Exod 20:13
13 "You shall not murder. (NIV)

"Respect Others"
Exod 20:14
14 "You shall not commit adultery. (NIV)

"Be Honest"
God's call is to respect the rights and property of other people.

This is basic to human relationships but has been so neglected in our society today.

Honesty means there are no contradictions or discrepancies in thoughts, words, or actions. To be honest to one's real self and task earns trust and inspires faith in others. Honesty is never to misuse that which is given in trust.

Honesty is the awareness of what is right and appropriate in one's role one's behavior, and one's relationships.

Honesty makes for a life of integrity because the inner and outer selves are a mirror image.

There is a saying "The boat of truth may rock, but it will never sink." Even with honesty, the boat sometimes rocks, but trustworthiness guarantees the boat will not sink. The courage of truth makes one worth of trust.

To be trusted and to trust provide the foundation and cohesiveness necessary for untarnished relationships. Where there is honesty and transparency there is closeness. Without these principles, neither individuals nor societies can be functional.

Editorial by Nancy Walker, Times-Record (Caroline County, Maryland)
Why is honesty News? Last week we published a story on the front page about Allen Crites of Denton, who found Eleanor Peterson's wallet on Route 50. Peterson had left her wallet on the roof of her car when she stopped to get gas on Kent Island.

We are glad she got her wallet back and applaud Mr. Crites' honesty.

We placed the story on the front page because of his honesty. We placed i ...

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