Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Honest with Yourself – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 19
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Honest with Yourself
Yet another very short but very deep verse that the Lord has given us to think about. There are many things that we can flee throughout our lives, but no matter how hard we try, we can’t run from the contents of our heart.
As our reflection gives us a display of our outward appearance, the heart reveals what we are on the inside. No other person knows us like we know ourselves.
Shakespeare wrote ‘be true to thine self,’ many years ago, and I believe that this is a saying that can be selfish from one aspect, but can run down a Biblical vein in another. If we take it as do what’s best for yourself, then that can be selfish. But if we take it as being honest with yourself that’s Biblical territory.
We can lie to ourselves just as easily as we can lie to others. Typically, deep down we know exactly what we’re doing. However, I know a few folks that have lied themselves into believing their own lies. They lie so often about something that they’ve convinced themselves, having forgotten what the truth was in the first place.
Most people have a problem being honest with themselves, particularly with faults. We work so hard to hide our faults from others, don’t we? Think of all the different industries that have sprung up over time, providing us with products and services that are dedicated to hide or try to erase our faults.
First thing that comes to mind would be makeup or other beauty products. Can anyone deny the money being made in that industry? That’s just one example, but you get the idea. Things such as these are designed to hide exterior faults that we feel that we have, but we are more personal about how we try to hide out inward faults, if we notice them at all. Some people don’t have a clue about what their faults may be, but everyone around them does.
Everybody has faults, and we most often hate others that harbor our own worst faults. Isn’t it funny how that works? Yet we may not even realize that we might be doing the very same things that drive us crazy when someone else does it!
Enter God’s Word
As I said somewhere above, we may not even realize our own inward faults. This could be due to being lied to, lying to ourselves, or not having a clue that it is a fault in the first place.
The Bible is a powerful tool, that will cause for us to examine ourselves, and shed some light on some of the things that we may do that stem from the heart, that could be either right or wrong according to the Word of the Lord. It instructs us how the Lord designed our heart to be, and convicts us where our heart really is in comparison.
This isn’t to condemn us, but to remove unwanted iniquities that go crosswise the Word of the Lord, and get the process rolling of purifying our heart. We are born with a pure heart, yet the moment we take our first breath, we’re taking that breath in a fallen world.
The heart doesn’t stay pure, as it becomes defiled due to the world’s fallen nature, along with our own fallen nature. Which is why we must be born again! Check out the Salvation page for more info about being born again, if you haven’t been already. Best decision you’ll ever make, and the most important one at that!
But that not withstanding, the Word of God is as that mirror that will show us our own reflection. It will give us a glimpse into what we can be, what we have been, and what we are currently. It is a resource that the Lord has given us for many outstanding reasons, but what we do with it is up to us.
God’s Word read prayerfully and by the Spirit of the Lord, will wash away our harbored iniquities and reverse the damage caused by this world. However, the Lord will not impose himself in this. We can read the Word all day every day, but if we’re not honest with ourselves, and if we’re not honest with the Lord, then what good will it do?
Related New Testament Scripture
John 1: King James Bible
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 3: King James Bible
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 4: King James Bible
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 8: King James Bible
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8: King James Bible
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
Colossians 3: King James Bible
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Hebrews 4: King James Bible
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
James 3: King James Bible
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Thank you for your Word and for all of the treasure that you’ve included inside it. Please help us to be honest with ourselves. Not to beat ourselves up, but to honestly assess ourselves by your Word. Lead us by your Holy Spirit, through your Word to the places that will deal with any iniquities that we may harbor. Also, give us the wisdom, understanding, and the knowledge, to respond to your Word appropriately, as you’ve designed. All this we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you honest with yourself?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.146 – Truth in Righteousness
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 16 P. 211 – Depart from Evil
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 14 P.179 – A Sound Heart
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P.185 – Eyes of the Lord
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 8 P.71 – Spirit of Truth