Day 37: daily lent practice: How? Struggle to attain Honesty

Category : Daily Lent Practice

“Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak
truth with his neighbour,’ for we are members of one another.”
(Eph 4:25)

“The wise man who has knowledge lives according to the truth
through a totally honest life. Honesty means first of all, to speak
the truth and never to “bear false witness” (Ex 20:16). Honesty
also means to act truly and openly, without pretense, or the
presentation of a false image of oneself. It means, in a word, not
to be a hypocrite.

Above all things, Christ the Lord hated and condemned
hypocrisy, lying and deceit. He accused the devil himself, first
and foremost, of being a deceiver and liar, pretending to be
other than he is, presenting himself and his teaching as totally
other than the falsehood and wickedness that they actually are
(Jn 8:44–47).

In His fierce condemnation of the evil of the scribes, pharisees
and lawyers, Christ was most violent against their hypocrisy.
Of all the evils of men, the most vile in the sight of the Lord is
undoubtedly hypocrisy. ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and the
plate, but inside you are full of extortion and rapacity. You
blind Pharisee! first cleanse the inside of the cup and the plate,
that the outside also may be clean. Woe to you, scribes and
Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs,
which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead
men’s bones and all impurity. So you also outwardly appear
righteous to men, but within are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.’
(Mt 23:25–28).

The spiritual person is not a hypocrite. He shows himself
honestly for what he is, and does not pretend to be what he is
not. He reveals himself to all exactly as he actually is. He does
not say or do anything that would lead people to have a false
impression of him or of anyone or anything. He is utterly honest
and pure in all that he thinks, says and does, knowing that God
sees all and judges with righteousness all those who “walk in
integrity” (Ps 26:1,11).”

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