Relationships with other People
Now, take this honesty factor and put it into your relationships with other people, who have flesh on. If you’re honest with someone in a relationship, you’re going to have good times and also bad times. Do you care enough to confront the people in your life who matter the most to you? Do you? Do you care enough to tell them, “If you continue down this path, you’re going to ruin your life.” Do you love them enough to say, “Do you realize what you’re doing to our marriage right now?” Do you love them that much? If you’re honest, if you’re honest like God is honest, you’re not going to pretend everything is fine and good when it’s not. You’re going to be truthful. You’re going to level with them. Honesty. Honesty, another one of God’s character qualities in the realm of kindness.
Notice that God also models forgiveness. He models forgiveness. Romans 3:23-24: “Yes, all have sinned and fall short of God’s glorious ideal.” We have a problem that many of us struggle with day in and day out. We think that God’s out to get us. Our problem is a problem, because when the problem occurs, we think the problem is with God. We think God is some cosmic killjoy waiting in Heaven to trip us up and to say, “Ha ha ha, I told you so.”
A lot of us are kind of like the guy I heard about in California, who just bought a brand-new mountain home. He also bought a brand-new Lexus. He was an aging baby boomer. And one day, as the story goes, he was driving up to his mountain home in his Lexus listening to a Beach Boys tape. You know the guy was old. “I wish they all could be California girls.”
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