Honesty Sermon Illustrations

Honesty Sermon Illustrations

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It Costs to Be Honest

She was a little woman and must have been approaching her three score and ten. I saw her talking to a clerk in a Christian book store. While I looked at a new book, I could not help but overhear the conversation.

The day before she had purchased a devotional booklet for 10 cents and wanted to buy another for a friend. The clerk told her the price was 20 cents. There was some question about the price so it was verified by another clerk. When she started to pay, the little lady insisted on paying the extra dime on the booklet she bought the day before. The clerk said it would not be necessary, but the little lady insisted that it was the honest thing to do.

"It always pays to be honest," observed a man standing nearby.

"No, it costs to be honest! It just cost me a dime," the little lady replied. "God is honest—and I try to be like Him."

The little lady turned and walked out. The whole store seemed to light up a bit because she had been there.—Baptist Messenger.

An Honest Book

An interesting story is told about a certain English nobleman. He has an heirloom which he prizes highly. It is an old brass-bound, leather-covered ledger, and it belonged to the founder of his family. What makes it so precious is not so much its antiquity and quaintness and personal association, as the following prayer which appears as its first entry: "O Lord, keep me and this book honest." This is a prayer that every man may well adopt for himself.—Gospel Gleaners.

A Few Cents

In a little country store in Illinois, there was a tall, ugly country boy serving as a clerk. One day an old woman came into the store to buy some goods. She handed the clerk a bill, and he took the money due him and gave the change back to her. That night when he balanced his cash book, he found he had a few cents more than he should have had. He went back in his mind over all his sales of the day, and he remembered how much change he had given the old lady that morning. He had failed to give her as much as he should have done. Those few pennies belonged to her. He put on his hat, closed the store, and walked several miles to return the pennies to the old woman. This country boy was Abraham Lincoln, who, as you know, later became President of our United States.

"Dare to be honest, good, and sincere;
Dare to be upright, and you never need fear.
Dare to be brave in the cause of the right,
Dare with the enemy ever to fight.
Dare to be loving and patient each day;
Dare to speak the truth, whatever you say.
Dare to be gentle and orderly, too;
Dare to shun evil, whatever you do.
Dare to speak kindly, and ever be true;
Dare to do right, and you'll find your way through."—Gospel Herald.


In the home of a pious farmer there hung the well-known motto: "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." The motto meant something in that house, for the farmer prayed daily that he and all might truly serve the Lord. The last clause fitted all the house save the oldest son, who persistently refused to accept Christ. One day the father and son were alone in the room where the motto hung. The father said, "My dear Henry, I cannot and will not be a liar any longer. You, who belong to my house, do not want to serve the Lord. Therefore I must add the words `except Henry.' It hurts me to do it, but I must be true." The thought so impressed the boy that he gave himself to Christ.—Examiner.

Honesty in Small Things

In a certain bank there was a trust department in which four young men and one older man were employed. It was decided by the directors that they would promote the older employee and also promote one of the younger men to have charge of the trust department after the older gentleman was removed to his new position. After considering the merits of each of the men, a certain one of the four younger men was selected for the new position and to receive a substantial increase in salary. It was decided to notify him of the promotion that afternoon at four o'clock.

At the noon hour the young man went to a cafeteria for lunch. One of the directors was behind him in the line with several other customers in between them. The director saw the young man select his food including a small piece of butter. The butter he flipped on his plate and threw some food on top of it to hide it from the cashier. In this way he lied to the cashier about what was on his plate.

That afternoon the directors met to notify the young man that they had intended giving him the promotion, but that because of what had been seen in the cafeteria they must discharge him. They felt that they could not have one who would lie and steal as the head of their trust department.

"Honesty is the best policy" both in natural things and in spiritual things.—Selected.

Things That "Sink" Us

A personal friend of that quaint and original Methodist preacher, Peter Mackenzie, was telling me a story about him the other day. Some years before his death he was in a railway accident, the effects of which seemed likely to end his singularly useful public life. When he was a little better, a trusted friend and adviser urged him to make a claim for damages. After a time he consented, and fixed the amount of compensation to be asked for. His friend strongly protested that the amount was not half of what he ought to ask, and less than half of what he could get. Mr. Mackenzie refused to put it higher. "It is enough," he held; then, looking his friend solemnly in the face, he said in his own characteristic way: "Eh, mon, but I shall have to cross the Jordan one day, cross the Jordan; and if I have a sixpence then that was badly gotten, it will sink me. it will sink me!"The Wonderful Word.

His Fellow Soldiers Trusted Him

Dr. Will H. Houghton tells of a soldier who ultimately was made a Christian believer through seeing his companions make fun of another soldier who was a believer in Christ. The thing that impressed him was the fact that, though they made fun of this man, they left their money in his possession for safe­keeping.—Sunday School Times.

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