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What is an honest person? Why does God like honest people?

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Relevant Words of God:

Honesty means to give your heart to God; never to play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never hiding the truth; never to do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and never to do that which merely ingratiates yourself with God. In short, to be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Behaving like a normal human being is to speak with coherence. Yes means yes, no means no. Be true to the facts and speak appropriately. Don’t cheat, don’t lie.

from “Improving Caliber Is for Receiving God’s Salvation” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

I very much appreciate those who harbor no suspicion about others and I also very much like those who readily accept the truth; to these two kinds of men I show great care, for in My eyes they are honest men.

from “How to Know the God on Earth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

If seeking the way of the truth pleases you well, then you are one who dwells always in the light. If you are very glad to be a service-doer in the house of God, working diligently and conscientiously in obscurity, always giving and never taking, then I say that you are a loyal saint, because you seek no reward and are simply being an honest man. If you are willing to be candid, if you are willing to expend your all, if you are able to sacrifice your life for God and stand witness, if you are honest to the point where you know only to satisfy God and not to consider yourself or take for yourself, then I say that these people are those who are nourished in the light and who shall live forever in the kingdom.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

You ought to know that God likes an honest man. God has the substance of faithfulness, and so His word can always be trusted. Furthermore, His actions are faultless and unquestionable. This is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

My kingdom requires those who are honest, not hypocritical, and not deceitful. Aren’t the sincere and honest people unpopular in the world? I am just the opposite. It is acceptable for the honest people to come to Me; I delight in this kind of person, I also need this kind of person. This is precisely My righteousness.

from “Chapter 33” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh

But it is the honest that I seek; if you are an honest person and one who acts according to principle, then you can be a confidant of God.

from “Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

God’s intimates are also His confidants; only God’s confidants could share His restlessness, and His wants, and although their flesh is painful and weak, they are able to endure pain and forsake that which they love to satisfy God. God gives more burdens to such people, and that which God shall do is expressed through these people.

from “How to Serve in Harmony With God’s Will” in The Word Appears in the Flesh

Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:

What does it actually mean to be an honest person? First, we can say with certainty that an honest person has a conscience and reason, that they exalt God in their hearts, and that they are able to repay God’s love. Second, an honest person speaks in a practical and realistic manner. They do not distort facts, they speak fairly, and they treat others fairly. Third, an honest person reveres God, they put the truth into practice, and obey God. Fourth, an honest person performs their duties faithfully; they are loyal to God in everything they do. Fifth, an honest person loves God in their heart. They are able to consider God’s will in all things. Sixth, an honest person lives by the words of God and they are able to truly worship God. Someone who possesses these characteristics above is an honest person. With these people living in His presence, God is content. This is exactly the kind of person that God wants to make complete and exactly the kind of person that God wants to gain. This kind of person is an honest person.

from “Being an Honest Person: A Summary” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life V

Why does God like honest people? First, honest people can get along with others harmoniously; they can be intimate friends of others. They do not deceive you, but speak the truth; when dealing with these kinds of people, your mind is clear, released and at peace. Second, what’s most important is that honest people are trustworthy and reliable; you’re able to trust them when you entrust them with something or they help you out. This is why you feel relaxed, at ease, free from worries, and at peace when dealing with honest people; you feel a sense of comfort and enjoyment. Only those who are honest people can become intimate friends to others and gain others’ trust, thus only an honest person is the true likeness of a human being.

from “Only Understanding the Truth and Casting Off Satan’s Influence Is Salvation” in Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life VII

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