Truth has fascinated the race since we got kicked out of the Garden. Adding to and a little taking away from the truth was on display in the egregious events of that day. Things haven’t changed much over time.
The primary version I use states in Acts 6:3 "Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” This version uses reputation, the CEV uses respect and so on. The version most older folks are familiar with uses the word “Honest.” I suppose if we use “honest” to impact today’s crowd they wouldn’t have the foggiest idea of what we are talking about. It’s a shame.
Certainly a person of good report, reputation and respected would have a core of honesty about them. I think. Some people have enough money to gain respect, and those who respect them forget about honesty.
Here’s few zingers about truth that are worth a glance if not deep thought. I would recommend the deep thought.
“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.” Henry Louis Mencken.
“The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.” Aristotle.
“Beware of the half-truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.” Anonymous.
When you stop and think about it, truth/honesty in human relations is designed to act as a medicant, a healer. Based on this idea of healing there is seldom a need for the phrase, “Now listen here, I am going to tell you the brutal truth.” There is a difference between telling someone the brutal truth verses a painful truth. Brutal is to do something with intent to harm. Painful usually means a little pain to enhance gain. Every gym rat knows this. The brutal against the painful tells more about the teller than the recipient.
In many ways the redeemed Charles Colson set the pace for people with something shameful in their yesterdays by leading, especially in his early writings, with a statement about his role in the Watergate Scandal. We all could learn a lot about being honest and up front and as did Colson discover a wide forgiveness from the Lord and His people.
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