Do what is right, not only in the sight
of the Lord, but also in the sight of man.
                  —2 Corinthians 8:21

I know a man who’s been lying to his wife about his computer transgressions, while she’s been lying to him about her out-of-control credit card transgressions. That marriage is in trouble.

Here’s another marriage that ended badly. Ananias and his wife Sapphira messed up. Their agreement to be deceitful induced Ananias to lie to God and Sapphira to lie to an apostle (Acts 5:1–11).

A transparent life—before both God and man—is the right way to go. Bible expositor John Stott gave a nod of respect to East African revivalists who were determined to do what is right before both God and man. They said they desired to “live in a house without ceiling or walls”—allowing nothing to come between either them and God or them and other people.

Live a transparent life, sans shingles and sheetrock.

If you wouldn’t want it to
be known, don’t do it.

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