Monday, October 31, 2011

Honesty Is the First Chapter of the Book of Wisdom

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The editor of the "weddings and engagement" section of a small-town newspaper grew tired of hearing from the town's citizens that she always embellished her reports of parties and celebrations.  She decided that in the next issue she was going to tell the truth and see if she had greater favor with the citizenry.  She wrote the following item:

"Married--Miss Sylvan Rhodes and James Collins, last Saturday at the Baptist parsonage, by the Rev. J. Gordon.  The bride is a very ordinary town girl, who doesn't know any more about cooking than a jackrabbit and never helped her mother three days in her life.  She is not a beauty by any means and has a gait like a duck.  The groom is an up-to-date loafer.  He has been living off the old folks at home all his life and is now worth shucks.  It will be a hard life."

We may not always need to be so brutally "honest" in telling the truth!  Truth, after all, is ultimately known only by God--who alone has the ability to see into the hearts of men and women and know everything involved in any situation or relationship.  Rather, we should be honest in expressing our hopes for another person's best welfare and success.  That is a truth everybody loves to hear.

Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Romans 12:17

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