Honesty Is The Only Policy

We have all heard the old adage "honesty is the best policy", but I believe that in light of God's word this old adage does not go far enough. The scriptures are filled with verse after verse about goodness, honesty, and truthfulness. I believe that we must take it one step further and make honesty the only policy. To make it work, we must be honest with ourselves, our coworkers, and our customers.

Be Honest With Yourself

The LORD hates anyone who cheats, but he likes everyone who is honest.Proverbs 11:1

Being honest with yourself is the first step. You must confront yourself about your willingness to stand up and speak the truth no matter what happens. Telling the truth and being honest is not easy. Honesty takes courage. If you are going to accept honesty as your only policy, you must ask yourself, “Am I willing to go the distance?”

Are you willing to stand for the truth, even at the risk of your own position or job? There is no half-way point in honesty. If you are not completely honest, you are lying. Will you get more money out of a customer because you know he can afford it, or will you give him an honest deal?

Be Honest With Your Coworkers

Never tell lies or be deceitful in what you say.Proverbs 4:24

Did you make a mistake? Will you lie or blame someone else? Will you take responsibility for your own actions? Integrity should rise to the top of your work relationships. All your coworkers should know you as someone who is trusted and does what is right. Problems and confrontations resolve quicker where honesty is involved. Lies only create ineffective policies and procedures. They shift blame to where no blame is due, and the end result – nothing has been resolved or fixed.

If the fault is yours, take it. Take it and do everything in your power to resolve it. People will see you as a person who is not afraid of their mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, but few stand up and take responsibility for them. You will stand out as being different, your coworkers will trust you with anything, and they will know that when you speak, you are telling them the truth.

Be Honest With The Customer

The LORD hates dishonest scales and dishonest weights. So don't cheat!Proverbs 20:23

The Lord is not the only one who hates dishonest scales and weights. Customers hate them, too. No one like being lied to. If you cheat a customer or lie to them, do you think they will come back for repeat business? Probably not. If you use honesty to win and keep the customer, the customer will always come back to you for repeat business – even if the competition's product is cheaper – because they know you are honest with them.

By being honest with yourself, and creating trust with your coworkers and customers, you create a environment for success. Success for you and your company. With honesty as your only policy, you will never have to worry about the little lies you told to win a coworker or customer, because the truth is always the truth and does not have to be remembered.