Three of our passages today speak on honesty and integrity.
Psalm 26 has David asking the Lord to vindicate him for having integrity and trust in the Lord without wavering. He asks the Lord to evaluate his inner thoughts and motives. He does not associate with deceitful men or consort with those who are dishonest. He does not associate with the wicked, but maintains a pure lifestyle so he can appear before the Lord's altar to give thanks and praise the Lord for His amazing deeds. He asks for rescue and mercy from the Lord.
Proverbs 6:16-18 lists six things the Lord hates which includes a lying tongue, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who spreads discord among family members.
Matthew 21:28-32 is a parable from Jesus about a man with two sons. One said he wouldn't go and work in the vineyard as requested, but changed his mind and went. The other said he would go, but didn't. The second one being the one that fulfilled his father's will since it resulted in actions, not just empty words.
Let each of us follow David's lead by striving to live holy lives grounded on honesty and integrity. Let us ask God to evaluate our thoughts and inner motives, and enable us through the power of the Holy Spirit to live our lives to be a light to those around us and to honor and obey the Lord for all He has done for us.