Does saying, “I’ll be honest,” mean you been insincere up to that moment?

Insincerity is motivated by the fear of truth. The fear of truth too often robs us of freedom from lies and deception. A closed heart feels threatened by sincerity.

When people say, “I’ll be honest,” I wonder what they’ve been before that moment. The courage of an open heart helps us live with the absence of pretense.

Untruthful people can’t trust themselves. At least they can’t trust their own words.

People try to not let their harmful feelings show. It’s better to not let them grow–to treat them as an inner foe and make them go.

When proof verifies unpleasant truth, it takes courage not to dodge, disallow, or deny it. When people have the courage to be sincere and to openly expose their heart, they experience deep connection with other people.

Calling your opinions and feelings, “my truth,” doesn’t make them accurate reflections of reality. We can sincerely believe that we know the truth about something yet still be wrong about it.

It’s hypocrisy for an insincere person to call someone a fake. To violate your conscience is insincerity, even if no one but you ever knows it.

I prefer reality over formality; sincerity over pretense. True friendship cannot grow beyond the sincerity level of either friend. When human hearts genuinely connect, pretense melts away and sincerity rushes in.

A sincere compliment is powerful. Find something that you genuinely admire about a person and tell them about it. Fight the inner anger that tries to keep you from actively loving your enemies and blessing those who curse you.

You have the ability to find and assemble your own words. You don’t have to repeat or share what other people say.

Tears don’t always mean pain. Sometimes they’re a sign of deep sincerity. To grow in sincerity is to open your heart up to incredible experiences with God.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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