Is being honest necessarily important? Find out here.
You are walking on the path of life and you come to a fork in the road. You have to make an important decision; whether to lie or tell the truth. You look down the path of telling the truth and you see some bad consequences early on. You then look down the path of lying and you see peace and nothing to harm you. What would chose? To most people, the path of lying looks more appealing, but what they don't see is the terrible consequences that come with lying on down the road. Lying may seem harmless at first, but eventually someone will find out that you lied and you will be in more trouble than you would have been if you had told the truth. In the long run, being honest is the way to go. You might have to suffer a little while, but it will only be temporary.
Telling the truth doesn't always come with consequences. Every Monday at school, we do grade checks to see how our grades are improving. In one week, my health class grade went from a 96% to a 100%. I was curious as to how that happened so I looked at some stuff and found that my teacher had given me extra credit for a basketball game that I didn't attend. I had come to that fork in the road. I could either tell my teacher that she had made a mistake or I could just not tell her and keep the points. I knew the right thing to do was to tell my teacher, but a lot of people kept telling me to just not tell her and that it was her mistake. I couldn't live with knowing that I got something that I didn't earn so I told my teacher. Since I told the truth, she let me keep the points because anybody else probably would have kept quiet about a mistake like that.
Telling the truth can be difficult at times. Satan will try to throw everything he's got at you to make you commit such a "small" sin. There is no such thing as a small sin to God. In our society, you won't be put to jail for lying, but God will punish everyone that sins the same for eternity. "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord." (Proverbs 12:22). You might think "one little lie won't harm much", but one lie leads to another and another and another and the next thing you know, you're lying left and right. Jesus didn't lie, He is an honest man. We should strive to be more like Jesus in this area. You don't have to strive to be like Him alone because we're all in this together.
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm an 18-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.