An honest answer is like a warm hug. – (Proverbs 24:26, MSG)
A straight answer is as precious as a kiss on the lips. – (Proverbs 24:26, VOICE)
At first, I wondered why honesty and intimacy were being compared. However, it took but a moment to realize that without honesty, intimacy cannot exist. We do not hug people that we do not trust, not do we want, allow, nor value a kiss from anyone whom we cannot trust at their word. How we answer, what we say, and the weight of our words matter. When asked, an honest response will be remembered. Trust takes root and grows as honesty is shown. However, the opposite holds true as well. If we are not honest in our answering, trust cannot exist, and relationships will remain fractured. May we choose to answer honestly in all things, allowing truth to establish trust and warmth in all those around us.
To answer in truth,
Is to create trust;
In love and in life,
Wherever we go;
Trust must be built up,
So friendships can grow.
As sweet as a kiss,
Straight answers received;
For the heart’s made known,
And trust is achieved.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have shown us first that we can trust You. Thank You that You bring people into our lives that are trustworthy, and that by Your Spirit in us, we can be the same. Forgive us for the times that we have not given straight answers, or have chosen to stay silent when we should have spoken. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would give the honest answers that establish trust and intimacy with all those around us. Show us how to love others well, so that they would see You in and through us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to establish trust through honesty in all of our interactions. Amen.
Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You who have done great things. Who, O God, is like You? – Psalm 71:19