Is Honesty Always The Best Policy?

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”

The book of Proverbs is a rich source of wisdom. Using metaphors, symbols, and poetic language we learn about God’s kingdom, plan, and His ways.  When we receive this wisdom and put it into practice we recognize the purposes for which we are made. One such piece of wisdom given to us is the value of honesty. 


The need for honesty in relationships cannot be understated. Every human experience that requires cooperation is impeded when people are not honest with each other. Dishonesty causes problems, mistrust, and insecurity. Dishonesty offends God. 


The temptation to cut a corner or stretch the truth wouldn’t hold any appeal if there was not at advantage to doing it, and there are times when dishonesty would be an easier path to walk but beware: 

"A fortune gained by deceit is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare."

"Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life."

Dishonesty can sometimes produce short-term gains, but at what cost?  There is a much deeper gain in having peace and a clear conscience at all times in your life. 

Honesty in the Workplace

A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit. God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business, Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.”

Proverbs 16:10-12 MSG

The Merits of Honesty in Business

  • Emphasizing honesty sets a positive tone for your company culture, reflecting your values and encouraging honesty among all members of your organization. 


  • Being honest is the right thing to do and helps avoid legal trouble since lying and misrepresentation are considered fraud and are punishable by law.  


  • Honesty saves time and money by eliminating the need to cover up lies or make excuses, and it reduces the risk of costly litigation due to fraud or breach of contract.  


  • Honesty enhances leadership qualities, as truthful and transparent leaders are more trusted and respected by others.  


  • A good reputation gained through honesty is a powerful economic force.  Companies spend a great deal on marketing, to build a brand. Honesty is the foundation of a good name. 

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