Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others. —Charles R. Swindoll

1. Look up each of the verses below and write down Bible principles that you can learn from them about this virtue. A “principle” is a “truth you can live by.”

1a) Le 19:35,36

1b) Ac 6:3

1c) Ro 12:17

1d) Ro 13:13

1e) 2Co 8:21

1f) 2Co 13:7

1g) Php 4:8

1h) 1Th 4:12

1i) 1Ti 2:2

1j) Heb 13:18

1k) 1Pe 2:12

2. Another word that is similar to honesty is “integrity.” Look up it’s meaning in an English dictionary and write it down.

2a) 1Ki 9:4 Note where integrity begins.

2b) Pr 11:3

2c) Pr 19:1

2d) Pr 20:7

3. Honesty does not just encompass our conduct but here are some other areas where God demands honesty.

3a) Col 3:9

3b) Ga 6:3

3c) 1Jo 1:8

Four high school boys were late to their morning classes one day. They entered the classroom and solemnly told their teacher they were detained due to a flat tire. The sympathetic teacher smiled and told them it was too bad they were late because they had missed a test that morning. But she was willing to let them make it up. She gave them each a piece of paper and a pencil and sent them to four corners of the room. Then she told them they would pass if they could answer just one question: Which tire was flat —Paul Harvey

Let’s be truly honest in every area of life!