Sincerity In Faith
Doing what is right with transparent motives
To practice Sincerity I will:
- take responsibility for my own actions
- always mean what I say
- respect others’ opinions
- not take advantage of other people
- be my truest self
-Jill Welte Tomey
An often-repeated folk etymology is that sincere is derived from the Latin sine = without, and cera = wax. One of the popular explanations is that dishonest sculptors in Rome or Greece would cover flaws in their work with wax to deceive the viewer; therefore, a sculpture “without wax” would mean a pure work. Whether the story is true or false it serves as a good explanation for Sincerity.
For us to act with sincerity means that our walk matches our talk and that both come from the heart. There is a wholeness or a completeness about our attitude and actions. Everything fits together. And all is in harmony with God’s plan for us.
To be sincere in our actions means we have taken the time to develop sincerity in our heart. It involves studying our faith and developing a relationship with God through prayer and worship. It is opening our heart to God’s love and a willingness to be that love in the world.
This month, practice sincerity by acting outwardly with the integrity you have prayerfully cultivated inwardly.
Archived Faith Resources
- A Case of Being Sincerely Wrong
- Jephthah’s Vow
- Benedict Arnold: America’s Most Famous Traitor
- Roger Sherman: A Man of Sincere Character