All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Written by: Larry Van Laar
When we take on the “belt of truth,” we are saying that we will be honest with others and ourselves. While it is sometimes tempting to lie by misrepresenting ourselves or to downplay uncomfortable truths to avoid conflict, dishonesty is never good for relationships or our spiritual growth. Truth spoken to friends should always be done with gentleness and understanding. Speaking truth to ourselves is of the utmost importance. Honesty and truth begin within our hearts. Our Lord does not just weigh the words we speak, but also all of the motivations of those words and their implications. Proverbs 16:2 says that “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” Standing strong in our spiritual battles begins with the honesty of our own hearts first. This is the first step in growing to look more like Jesus.
Thought of the day: We often judge others by their actions, yet, we judge ourselves by our intentions. This statement should be reversed. Speak truth to others with compassion and gentleness. Speak truth to ourselves with honest reflection and unyielding resolve.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I am not living a life that is honest and true. Help me to be honest with myself first and others second. Give me wisdom and grace to know the difference.