Honesty Sermon Illustrations

Honesty Sermon Illustrations

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Let's Be Honest

A member of the editorial staff of The Christian Advocate was seated in a dining car the other evening. His companion at the table was a clear-eyed, attractive youth in a private's uniform. Having eaten a simple meal, he was presented with a blank form of some kind and informed by the waiter that he was entitled to a discount if he were "on government business." The boy fumbled the slip for a minute or two, read it carefully, and finally handed it back, saying, "I don't think I'm entitled to this. I'm not on government business. I'm going home to see my mother."

We have nothing whatever to do with the selection of medals for acts of bravery, or services of distinction. But we would like to nominate that boy for some kind of merit badge.The Christian Advocate.


Honesty in Small Things

When Grover Cleveland was a boy, he insisted upon returning the egg that a neighbor's hen daily laid on the Cleveland side of the fence. Thus he began to give proof of the honesty that marked him as a man and as President of the United States.

Honesty in little things leads to honesty in matters of great importance. There are times when a fellow feels that it will do no harm to cheat a little. "No one will notice," he thinks. But even if no one else notices, the boy himself knows. and that compromise with dishonesty paves the way for still more crooked dealings.

The boy who has the ambition to win true success will be honest in every de­tail. He cannot afford to make any exception.Pioneer.


Important Sewing

Dr. Laws of Livingstonia, that great missionary, says that his life was once saved from a lion because the canvas of his tent was well sewed. He found afterward that it had been sewed by a girl in Greenock. That girl sewing canvas tents in Scotland little knew that away in Africa a great man's life depended on the character of her stitches.—F. C. Hoggarth.


The Old Adage

"Honesty is the best policy," is the old adage. It may be open to question, for we should be honest even if our honesty should not prove to be a profitable policy. However, we are glad that this good, old-fashioned virtue is still in existence even though we sometimes think those who practice it are getting fewer and fewer.

Recently in a public eating house we were pleased to note a man who was a stranger to us calling attention to the fact that the cashier had given him too much change. It was not a great act, for the person was only doing what he ought to have done, but it brought a warm feeling to our hearts. Let us labor to keep alive that fine principle of Christian honesty, for God has said in His Word, "Provide things honest in the sight of all men" (Rom. 12:17).—Christian Monitor.


Caught by His "Generosity"

It is said that a Covington grocer once met his match. He purchased a table castor for one dollar. Then he marked it with a tag inscribed "$14" and gave it to a Methodist minister whose church his family attended. The next day the minister brought the castor back to the grocer and said to him, "I am far too poor to display on my table so valuable a castor as this, and if you have no objection I should like to return it and take $14 worth of groceries for my family in its stead." The merchant could do nothing but comply.—Earnest Worker.


About the middle of the year 1911, Mr. McAlpine, founder of the Bakery business in Melbourne which still bears his name, was lying on what proved to be his deathbed.

Dr. Wolston, of Edinburgh, a well-known physician, was due to arrive in a day or two. Mr. McAlpine asked that, if necessary, the funeral might be postponed until his arrival, as he had a particular reason for wishing the doctor to take the service at the graveside, in accordance with an old understanding between them.

Speaking in front of the open grave, Dr. Wolston told this story:

A partnership of seven miners was being 'grubstaked' in New Zealand by a local store­keeper. They were very unfortunate, and when the amount owing reached £400, they decided to clear out. Packing their belongings, they all left one night, but when some miles away, one stopped and said he couldn't go on; he meant to go back and face the storekeeper, and tell him everything. His mates jeered at him, but back he went.

Naturally, their ingratitude angered the storekeeper, who thought they might have got jobs and made some effort to repay him. He told the returned miner that, as a partner, he was responsible for the whole debt. 'All right,' was the reply, 'if ever I can, I'll pay you.'

Going back to the abandoned claim and getting some help, he struck gold almost at once, and in a week or two was back at the store with a bag containing over 100 ounces of small nuggets and gold dust. The store­keeper heartily congratulated him and refused to take more than one seventh of the debt. But the miner insisted. 'Well,' said the store­keeper, 'I'm your friend for life.'

'That miner's body now lies in the grave before you,' said Dr. Wolston. 'He was afterwards converted and became a most successful business-man.' Then the preacher urged all present to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, insisting on the truth of the words, 'Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.' After the service was over, an old man came up to him and said, '1 am the seventh and last of the band of miners. The story is true: all the other five died poor. I am in the Old Men's Home and we made nothing by defrauding the store­keeper.'

(Rom. 12. 17; 1 Tim. 4. 8)


Princes and lords are but the breath of kings;
An honest man's the noblest work of God.—Burns


"Johnnie," said a man, winking slyly to a dry-goods clerk of his acquaintance, "you must give me a good measure: your master is not in."

Johnnie looked solemnly into the man's face, and replied, "My Master is always in." Johnnie's master was the all-seeing God.—Selected


"He's an honest young man" said the saloon keeper, with an approving smile. "He sold his vote to pay his whiskey bill."

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