Better With Honesty

February 12 2023

Topic: Honesty

2 Samuel 11:1-5 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”

2 Samuel 12:11-15 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house.

How do we take steps in our life to be honest?

Make a commitment to honesty.

Be open and truthful with yourself.

  • Am I knowingly living in sin?
  • Do I have someone in my life empowered to be bitterly honest?
  • Do I have a plan to respond in truthful kindness if needed?
  • Am I praying that the spirit will help me clearly see the truthful response?
  • Am I meditating on God’s Word with scripture about honesty?

We must be willing to fix or walk away from relationships built on lies.

Big Idea: Honesty is hard, but the outcome is worth it; while lying is easy, and the outcome is destructive!