Over the last month or so I have spent a great deal of time meditating on this passage in Rev 14:5: “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” I had to ask myself why does God specifically say they have “no guile” and then show "for they are without fault"? It has come to my attention that if I find myself sinning I must first be honest and admit it. Notice the following:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9-10)
In order for us to confess our sins we must first be honest and admit the sin. To me I see an important truth developing that tells me if God gives me an honest heart then the natural cause will be for me to confess my sins and to be cleansed from all unrighteousness. Notice the following passages:
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” (1 John 1:6)
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:3-4)
We again see the connection of honesty to the keeping of the commandments. If you think about pride what does it do? It prevents you from admitting you have done wrong and thus you lie. This adds another layer to the issue showing us that the seed of pride needs to die in us so honesty can come forth. When I look at what all of this is saying it tells me those who have an honest heart will walk with Jesus and follow Him wherever He goes being prepared for translation.
One of the first places we need to have a focus on honesty is reading the scriptures as this is where God speaks to us. Perhaps in our prayers to begin Bible studies we should ask God for an honest heart and spirit as honesty seems to be the beginning that leads to keeping the commandments of God. I would also suggest meditating on honesty. “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1:2) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.” (2 John 1:3)