Lynette, at Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground, is the hostess of this week's In "Other" Words Tuesdays. Please be sure to stop by her blog and read her take on this week's quote, as well as the posts of the others who have shared.
“Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.” ~ George MacDonald ~
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8 (KJV, Emphasis, mine)
One thing I enjoy doing is looking up what the original word means when used in the Bible. The greek word for honesty in this verse is semnos. It means:
1) august, venerable, reverend
2) to be venerated for character, honourable
a) of persons
b) of deeds
Look at what Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words has to say, "the word we want is one in which the sense of gravity and dignity is combined." Cremer describes it as denoting what inspires reverence and awe, and says that semnos and hosios, "holy, consecrated," are only secondary designations of the conception of holiness. "The word points to seriousness of purpose and to self-respect in conduct" (Moule)."
My prayer: Father, help me understand honesty and rightly convey my thoughts here in a way that ministers to other through encouragement and inspiration, and lessons learned from a lifetime ago.
I try to have the beauty mentioned above. And now that I am honest with myself and have exchanged the lies I believed for the truth of God's love, I can speak the truth in love, not only to myself but to others.
I pray that you believe the good and honest things about yourself, and that by doing so, you can be honest and transparent with others. There are risks involved. Will others see you as weak? Maybe, but remember that God's grace covers all your weaknesses.
"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
It did mine. Years of therapy didn't teach me these things, although it helped. Reading God's Word and growing in the grace God so freely gives through Jesus Christ His Son is what allowed me to let the Holy Spirit work in my life to live an honest life.
H - Humble yourself before God and ask him for help to be honest with yourself.
O - Open your heart to share the truth of your testimony with others.
N - Never forget that you are a child of the Most High God; the Daughter of the King.
E - Expect a certain lack of understanding when you bear your inmost thoughts - it's hard to convey the matters of the heart.
S - Stay on the narrow path, living a life of honesty and integrity.
T - Trust God when you cannot trust others.
Y - Yield to God's Word and reject the lies of the Enemy.
Father, thank You for helping me make it through this post. I feel Your love now more than ever and I praise You for making honesty with myself something that feels good and not ugly. Thank You for Your beauty in grace and love. Thank You for being the Father I needed when my earthly Daddy couldn't. He tries so hard now, and I pray that You will give me grace toward him each day. It's hard.