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Weekly Bible Study - Study 48 - Hebrews Chapter 12:14-17
- Honesty is the best policy

 “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy, without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up and cases trouble and defy many. See to it that no one is sexually immoral or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his birth right as the oldest son. Afterward as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.” (Hebrews Ch 12: verses 14 to 17)(New International Version)

Honesty is the best policy

Honesty on the golf course is part of the integrity of the game and is a test of our character. Failure to be honest is a denial of reality and a desire to exalt ourselves higher than we deserve. Honesty is a challenge for us and it doesn’t matter what area of life we want to talk about. However if there is any place where honesty should be practised, it should be among God’s people in the church. We however also find it hard to be honest about our shortcomings and as a result of this people tend to think we are better than we are.

Our reading this week contains a series of charges to those of us who follow God. They are:

  1. To make every effort to live in peace with all people.
  2. To be holy.
  3. To ensure we don’t miss the grace of God.
  4. That no bitter root grows within us.
  5.  That we be sexually pure.

I have failed in every one of the above. Yet failing is not the point that really matters. We are to make every effort and to see to it that these things don’t grow large in our lives. It is interesting that even in the 5 charges mentioned above that “missing the grace of God” is one of them. This is where honesty comes in. Each one of us knows what lies in the depths of our hearts. If we are honest to ourselves and God we know we can only rely on God’s underserved kindness or grace because we have been difficult to live with, unholy, been bitter and sexually impure.

I have found more freedom in life by being honest than trying to hide the problems I face and to seek help when I need it. That’s why as ministers of the church we are required to meet with someone for personal support where we can be open and honest about our struggles and find encouragement to seek solutions.

I believe the key factor in this reading is making the effort to work on factors in our lives we know to be wrong. There are never any easy solutions or necessarily a reaching of holiness, but the effort takes us in the right direction towards God and prevents us from denying they exist and of course connects us to the grace of God we cannot do without. I have found honesty in respect to the above leads to improvement in my life. Honesty is the best policy, because without it it’s hard to make progress towards holiness.

Prayer. Lord God help me never to present myself as better than I really am. Amen.

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