Today is National Honesty Day in the United Sates. It is a little-known designation for April 30, but an important one nonetheless.
Author M. Hirsh Goldberg established National Honesty Day in early 1990s as a way to honor the honorable and encourage honesty. He said that April 30 was selected because “April begins with a day dedicated to lying [April Fool’s Day] and should end on a higher moral note.”
Honesty Day would be a good time to review the value of this trait according to God’s Word. Honesty is not as easy as it seems – but we please God by striving for it.
And understanding of honesty begins with recognizing that God – our ultimate example – is truth (Deuteronomy 32:4) and that He cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18). Also, He hates falsehood (Proverbs 6:16-19). Beyond that, all lies have as their originator Satan himself (John 8:44).
For our part, we can use these Scriptures as our guide: ”A righteous man hates lying” (Proverbs 13:5); love rejoices in truth (1 Corinthians 13:6); lying is parts of the old nature (Colossians 3:9); growth means setting aside deceit (1 Peter 2:1); and speaking truth declares righteousness (Proverbs 12:17).
Let’s make every day Honesty Day. – Dave Branon
Help me, dear Lord, to be honest and true
In all that I say and all that I do;
Give the courage to do what is right,
To bring to the world as glimpse of Your light. – Fasick
People who trust God’s Word should be people whose word can be trusted.
- April 30, Vol. 17, Our Daily Bread