Honesty in the Marketplace [Scriptural Commentary]
It’s amazing how God’s word can guide us in all issues of life. Scripture says that all we need for life and godliness is in him. So, in this blog there will be an express focus on the principle of Spiritual Leadership.
Leviticus 19:11-13, Psalm 101:7, Proverbs 20:7 and Ephesians 4:25 are great scriptures about dealing honestly with others. Honesty is always non-negotiable with God. The Psalmist writes “No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence” (Psalm 101:7, New International Version). So many people tell small little lies on their jobs and even in their business in order to gain an advantage or an edge but doesn’t please God.
Ephesians 4:25 tells us to avoid falsehood and always speak truth to our neighbors. In our business dealings we must avoid defrauding our customers, no matter what allure of quick profit might exist. Many business people lie to their customers in their advertisements, in order to sell their goods and services. God wants us to treat our customers and employees fairly because it glorifies him. We must be an open book in all our dealings.
As employers we must never unduly cut-off benefits and wages of employees, in order to increase our bottom-line. Transparency is extremely important in the process of honesty. There can’t be empty promises made to employees about promotions and other things because we misrepresent Christ when we operate that way. There should never be room for any type of employee discrimination or prejudice because it’s not a fair business practice and ultimately it displeases God.