Honesty & Humility – building blocks of purity & blessing
Proverbs 24:26 – An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
James 4:6 – But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Truth is the doorway to freedom. Until you are willing to be brutally honest about your struggle with sexual acting out, you will never achieve consistent, daily purity. A lifestyle of purity begins with a commitment to honesty and humility.
Honesty is critical for several reasons:
- Honesty prevents damaging secrets from infecting your relationships. It keeps everything out in the open, protecting you from the anguish of a double life.
- Honesty offers you a clear conscience. When you are honest you never have to balance one lie against another, and you never need to look over your shoulder.
- Honesty creates stability in your relationships. Being truthful with others creates a solid foundation for secure, lasting relationships.
Humility must also be present for purity to flourish. You must have an attitude that is willing to accept correction and admit that you need help in facing your struggle with sexual temptations. In many respects, humility is the key to being honest – it takes a humble person to come clean about their addictive, or damaging, habits.
A truly humble person is a strong person, not weak. True humility acknowledges weaknesses and seeks the help necessary to become stronger. In humility we receive God’s grace, but it is the proud who are truly weak and come to eventual ruin (Proverbs 29:1).
I must be honest with myself and others about the damage my sexual acting out has caused. I will not hide from my mistakes any longer.
I must be humble in recognizing my need for help. I cannot cultivate a lifestyle of purity on my own.