As we continue our series on ‘Time with God for Fathers,” from author Jack Countryman, we turn our focus to passages on honesty and forgiveness.

Proverbs 12:22 is a stark reminder that a father’s character begins with honesty:

“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.”

The Bible clearly states that God always keeps his promises. He always speaks the truth. When a father can be trusted to speak the truth and every circumstance, he builds a bond of trust that pleases God and everyone in his family.

Proverbs 13:3 says, “he who guards his mouth preserves his life…but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” Guard your words with those you love; for they are watching YOUR character as you try to build up theirs.

Romans 12:17-18 tells us about forgiveness, which is a trait God loves…

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

Forgiveness is an essential element in living the Christian Life. When you choose to forgive someone who has hurt you or disappointed you, the window of God’s forgiveness will open to comfort and heal your own heart.

Everything you do should reflect well on the Savior; who bought you with his own blood. Pleasing God with your words and deeds opens heaven’s door to bless your life for His glory.

If God has forgiven you of your transgressions, should you not do the same for anyone who is offended you?

Psalm 103:12 says, “as far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd