Posts Tagged ‘honesty’

Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Truthfulness

October 12th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Truthfulness.

When we tell the truth consistently with one another, we build trust in our relationships.

One of the reasons that we can trust the Lord is because His words are trustworthy and true. His example inspires us to be truthful with our words and actions.

Ephesians 4:25 tells us to put off falsehood and speak truthfully to our neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Churches and families have opportunity to grow together in healthy ways when we are honest with each other with a spirit of love.

Truthfulness is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

Year of Endurance-Daily Challenge-Integrity

January 5th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – It’s 2021, the Year of Endurance at WJTL. Listen for devotionals throughout the year designed to motivate and encourage you to stay true to God on the journey of faith.

In the Year of Endurance, today’s Challenge motivates us to step toward integrity.

First John 1:5 says, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

A life of integrity does not mean that we live a perfect life, but it does mean that we live with honesty-acknowledging our failures before God while living with honest intent to walk in the direction that Jesus leads us. His grace and truth will move us to meaningful relationships with others and keep us moving in the right direction.

Take the daily challenge to walk in the light of integrity on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

Person of Integrity-Zadok

October 3rd, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Person of Integrity from the Bible is Zadok the Scribe.

He was one of four men that Nehemiah considered trustworthy to distribute supplies to their brothers. He handled tithes of grain, new wine and oil from the storerooms. Nehemiah trusted him to be honest and fair with how he distributed these gifts devoted to God.

Zadok had some of the qualities that employers look for in dependable employees today-Honesty and a work ethic that follows through on their tasks.

The faithfulness of Zadok to be trustworthy with God’s property inspires us to be honest in how we carry out our responsibilities and to live a life of Integrity.

John Shirk

Reason To Believe-Honesty Of Jesus

February 8th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is Jesus’ honesty of what it means to follow Him.

When Jesus prepared His followers for what they would experience as believers, He included what they needed to know, not necessarily everything they wanted to hear.

He said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” That was a promise followed by words of encouragement that He has overcome the world. So, whatever kind of trouble we may face, Jesus is greater.
He also said, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” That statement has also been true of His disciples.

Jesus said in Mark 8:34, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Jesus did not emphasize the blessing of following Him without mentioning the cost of being His disciple. He did not distort the truth. His honest assessment accurately reflects the experiences of His followers today. Hardships test our faith, which God is able to use to refine our faith and make it stronger.

The honesty of Jesus is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

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Relationship-Building Principle-Honesty

March 24th, 2015 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Ephesians 4:25.

“Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”

That word, “therefore” connects with a preceding thought, which talks about putting off the corrupted old self, and putting on the new self, where we are created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Jesus trains us to be honest in our relationships. This means that we will be committed to the truth. That does not mean we have to disclose everything about ourselves to everybody. But it does mean that we project ourselves with honesty and humility. We avoid flattery, which deceives others into thinking they are better than they are. We also avoid boasting, which deceives ourselves into thinking we are better than we are. We are also careful not to spread false reports or rumors. Dishonesty undermines credibility, while honesty preserves integrity.

Jesus says He is the way, the truth, and the life. Under His influence, we put away falsehood and replace it with truth in the way we communicate with those people God has placed in our lives.

Honesty is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

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