Honest to a Fault – What A Crock

Have you ever heard someone describe themselves as “honest to a fault”? What is that? What is with the false nobility? All that means is that you don’t have the capacity to filter your thoughts and know when it’s appropriate to say something, and when it’s appropriate to keep your thoughts to yourself.

A friend of mine recently told me his wife instructed him that 80% of the things that enter his mind should never escape those confines.

What troubles me is that the people I’ve heard describe themselves this way actually see it as a positive thing. I’ve heard people say some horrible things to others under the disguise of honesty, when in fact, it’s a demonstration of one’s lack of self-control or self-importance.

People who describe themselves this way should take notice of the word “fault”. This means it’s wrong. They should learn to control their thoughts so they don’t escape out of the mouth and hurt someone. While they’re at it, they should learn to protect their minds so those things never enter their thoughts in the first place.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

~Philippians 4:8

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