We Are Often Dishonest To Ourselves

Life is never fair, and whatever you do, it will always look bad depending on the perspective of another person. Someone might immediately conclude that I am supporting dishonesty. I believe you should always be true to yourself, and no matter what happen stay honest, for dishonesty takes away your identity.

Honesty is a virtue. We usually learn honesty from our backgrounds. My mother told me, when I turned 15, to stay honest no matter what happens, for “the LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful” (Proverbs 12:22). Honesty is a virtue fixed inside me.

Dishonesty is a contagious disease not only to others but also to you. I always like to compare dishonesty to wildfire. It starts by taking down a tree and later burns down the forest. When you start lying, and people believe in your lies, you can never stop. For instance, I once lied about stealing a coin. Everyone believed me when I said it was not me, but later I wanted to do it again. Only this time my mother caught me. I was three at the time. Therefore, my character could still be changed.

Last but not least, I am Christian. Christianity is not a religion, but it is a relationship. A relationship which is very fragile, and it should handled with delicacy. Once that relationship gets spoiled by dishonesty, it is bad. For instance, Jesus once said “people who lie, you belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies”. Hence, dishonesty is a sin, and for this reason, I believe dishonesty is wrong.

In conclusion, some people regard dishonesty as a fine thing, but it is not. It is only because their minds grew used to it. People are difficult to change, but it is not impossible to change.

07 July 2022
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