Category Archives: Sincerity

Expectations destroy relationships!

“When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).

Expectations destroy relationships!

Everybody has unrealistic expectations for marriage because there are actually six people at the altar when the marriage takes place.

First of all there’s the girl she thinks she is; the girl he thinks she is; and the girl she really is. Then there’s the man he thinks he is; the man she thinks he is; and the man he really is. Six different people standing at the marriage altar.

Shortly after the wedding takes place, four of those people disappear and two are left in clear, sharp focus. When we settle into the reality of married life and discover what the person we married is really like, we tend to react because they have not lived up to our expectations. We become disappointed and even angry and bitter thinking we’ve been cheated or deceived.

We need to accept each other’s differences and realise that God is using those differences to build in us the character of His Son, Jesus Christ. Those differences give us the opportunity to be more understanding, more sensitive and more forgiving. This in turn can produce a oneness of spirit that will bind and knit your hearts together irrespective of any differences you might have.

Give your expectations to the Lord. The less you expect, the less you will be disappointed. The wife who became angry when her husband regularly returned home late from work, finally gave her expectations to the Lord. She was delighted when he arrived home an hour late – because she wasn’t expecting him at all!

Have you placed expectations on your spouse and others? Die to those expectations! Give them to the Lord. Our expectations of others will only destroy our relationships.

When we have learned the valuable character lessons God is teaching us through the differences of others, it’s amazing how He also changes the other person so that “when a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).

What A Person Is Really Like

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8).

If you want to find out what an animal is really like, where do you go? You don’t go to the zoo or the circus – because that’s where they’re on display; that’s where they perform. If you want to find out what an animal is really like, you need to observe it in its natural habitat.

If you want to find out what a Christian is really like, where do you go? Don’t go to the church – because that’s where we’re on display; that’s where we perform. If you want to find out what a Christian is really like, you need to observe him in his natural habitat – his home. If you want to find out the sincerity of a man’s commitment to Jesus Christ and to following Biblical principles, you don’t ask his pastor or church leaders, you need to ask his wife and his children.

I am becoming increasingly convinced that the reality of a person’s spirituality is not found in the church, but in the home. It is one thing to be kind and gracious to those we meet for a few hours each week. It is quite another thing to be kind and gracious to those we live with every single day.

If our Christianity is going to be effective in reaching a lost world for Jesus Christ, then it must first prove itself in the Christian home.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries

Like the Scrubbing of a Doctor’s Hands

Dr. Maltie Babcock was approached by a member of his congregation who was concerned about his health. Handing Dr. Babcock some theatre tickets he said, “Take these. You need the recreation of going to this play.” His pastor looked at them. Seeing they were tickets to a play of a kind he could not conscientiously attend, he said kindly, “Thank you, but I can’t take them. I can’t go.”

“Why not?” the physician asked.

“Doctor, it’s this way. You’re a physician – a surgeon, in fact. When you operate, you scrub your hands meticulously until you are especially clean. You wouldn’t dare operate with dirty hands. I’m a servant of Christ. I deal with precious human souls. I wouldn’t dare do my service with a dirty life.”

-The Expositer

Self-Control in the Pulpit

What I’m about to describe has and is happening. In fact, it is exacerbating and complicating the problem of anger in our homes. A preacher gets angry in the pulpit, or uses anger in his preaching, or has an angry spirit while he is preaching. “How do I know?” Because I’ve been guilty. But I’m afraid I’m not alone. In fact, I have been in meetings where the “Amens” were the loudest when the preacher was the most angry. And I’m not against “Amens!” Sadly, most preachers who have this problem are like James and John. They don’t know it. It’s easy to get confused and think that the emotional high of anger is the same thing as the power of God upon your life.

Some people who hear an angry preacher preach know that he’s angry. But many men in the congregation have the same problem and therefore don’t know it. For a strong Bible preacher to have an angry spirit is not only an accepted thing in our day. It is also, in some circles, a strongly promoted, encouraged, and expected thing. Preachers have said things like: “If you don’t get in the pulpit and have a royal fit once every few months then you’ll have carnal, worldly church members and your church will never be all it ought to be.” So the use of the carnal, worldly weapon of anger is supposedly proper and powerful to fight carnality and worldliness. Sometimes the angry spirit is heard in the things a preacher says, or the way he says them, or both!

Why do we use anger? Every preacher would have to answer that question for himself. But it’s easy to use anger as a substitute for study. If the point is not well supported with Scripture, Scriptural principle, Scriptural illustrations, strong reasoning, or other illustrations . . . . just use a little anger to drive the point home! Then, if a fellow is really talented, he may use some humor to gloss over the hurt being caused by his anger. Like a father trying to get a child to laugh after he just said or did something cruel or hurtful. Humor may wisely be used to make truth more acceptable. But humor should not be used to make anger more acceptable. Incidentally, anyone who says anything in anger will probably say the wrong thing. BUT, if you do say the right thing it will probably be said the wrong way. Proverbs 14:17 says, “He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly.”

What are the results of this angry spirit in our pulpits? There are several of them:

(1) Continual strife among pastor and deacons, and pastor and people, and people and people. Remember that Proverbs 29:22 says, “An angry man stirreth up strife.”

(2) Empty pews and people going to churches that don’t teach and preach the Bible just to get away from the angry spirit in the Bible-believing church. One preacher said to me, “I don’t believe all the people I ran off for years and blamed it on them when it wasn’t anything but my own angry spirit.”

(3) A plague of anger is spread throughout homes, businesses, and society.

I was very careful how I chose those words. Anger is like a contagious plague! Since the anger is behind the pulpit, it must be right not only for there but for anywhere else. But that’s not the worst problem we have in this area. We are not simply defending and justifying a carnal work of the flesh. We are also promoting the spread of something that God himself says is contagious like a deadly disease. Proverbs 22:24-25 says, “Make no friendship [the Hebrew word means to pasture or feed] with an angry man [the Hebrew word means “ruler” or “leader”]; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: [WHY?] Lest [means “beware] thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.” When a preacher stands in the pulpit with an angry spirit, the fathers in the church “catch it” and don’t know they have it. Then many of the youth rebel against their parents and we can’t figure out how or why it has happened. I know this isn’t the only reason for problems in our churches and homes, but it is probably a bigger one than we realize.

(4) Vengeance is being handled by someone not Biblically qualified to handle it. An angry preacher may think he is giving reproof and correction. In reality, he is exercising vengeance upon God’s people.

(5) It causes us to lose the battle to spread God’s truth among the nations of the world. Our spirit of anger weakens or neutralizes our presentation of the truth.

The truth of the spirit is not the most powerful when it is presented with a work of the flesh. The truth of the spirit is the most powerful when it is presented with the fruit of the spirit.

A pastor said to me, “But couldn’t the intensity of our presentation of the truth cause people to think we’re angry when we’re really not?” My reply to him was this: “Our love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance should be so obvious that there would be no question about our being angry.” The Holy Spirit knows better how to use His Sword than do we! Let me make clear what I’m saying here. I am not against strong, clear, plain, powerful, bold preaching. I’m for that. I am for preaching that exposes sin and Satan. What I am saying is this: It may be a fine line, but there must be a line drawn: between being emphatic or being enraged; between being fiery or being frightening; between being watchful or wrathful. There must be a line between correction and condemnation; between intensity and indignation; between reproving and raging. I’m not suggesting passivity. No great leaders in the Bible were passive men. I am suggesting that our attacks and our defenses be filled with spiritual propriety and humility and a heart of concern. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you, a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

Luke 4:22 tells about Jesus’ message in the synagogue at Nazareth. What was it that stood out about Jesus’ preaching? “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.”

From the message, “Freedom from the Spirit of Anger” by Dr. S.M. Davis

Sincere, But Fatally Mistaken

I wonder if some of us realize that it is criminal ignorance to be ignorant of the Word of God. I heard a man on one of the northern railroads — I think it was the Northern Pacific — who was on a train that was making its way as best it could against the force of a blizzard. The storm was so terrible that as people looked out from the car windows they could not tell whether there was a station there or not. If you could see this man’s head today, you would see a man that seemed about seventy or eighty years old, his hair being perfectly white; but if you could look upon his body you would say that the man did not seem to be more than thirty or forty-five years of age. Every little while the train would stop and the brakeman would call out the name of the station, and some people would get out, and then the train would go on. There was a lady with a little child who was very much concerned lest she might not leave the train at the proper place. This man noticed her anxiety and said: “You need not give yourself any concern. I know the road perfectly well. I will tell you when you come to your station.” The train stopped at the station before the one at which this woman wished to alight, and the brakeman called out the name. They went on, and after some minutes the train stopped again, and this man leaned over and said to the woman, “Now is your time; get out quickly.” She took her child and left the car, and the train went on. In a few minutes it stopped again and then the brakeman called out the name of the station at which this woman had wished to alight. This man ran up to the brakeman and said, “Why, you have already stopped at that station.” The brakeman said, “No, there was something the matter with the engine and we stopped for a few minutes to repair it.” He said, “I put that woman and her child off in the storm!” They went back — some of the men on the train — to try to find them, and they found the woman holding her child in her arms, and both of them were frozen to death. O friends, it is an awful thing for us to give people wrong directions concerning the truth of God. — B. F. M.

-Present Day Parables, W. Chapman

The Dog and The Hare

A Hound having started a Hare on the hillside pursued her for some distance, at one time biting her with his teeth as if he would take her life, and at another fawning upon her, as if in play with another dog. The Hare said to him, “I wish you would act sincerely by me, and show yourself in your true colors. If you are a friend, why do you bite me so hard? If an enemy, why do you fawn on me?’

No one can be a friend if you know not whether to trust or distrust him.

-Aesop’s Fables

The Insincere Man

And now…the first book of Samuel, the 15th chap. and 24th verse: “And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned.” Here is the insincere man — the man who is not like Balaam, to a certain extent sincere in two things; but the man who is just the opposite — who has no prominent point in his character at all, but is moulded everlastingly by the circumstances that are passing over his head. Such a man was Saul.

Samuel reproved him, and he said, “I have sinned.” But he did not mean what he said: for if you read the whole verse you will find him saying, “I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words; because I feared the people:” which was a lying excuse. Saul never feared anybody; he was always ready enough to do his own will — he was the despot. And just before he had pleaded another excuse, that he had saved the bullocks and lambs to offer to Jehovah, and therefore both excuses could not have been true. You remember, my friends, that the most prominent feature in the character of Saul. was his insincerity. One day he fetched David from his bed, as bethought, to put him to death in his house.

Another time he declares, “God forbid that I should do aught against thee, my son David.” One day, because David saved his life, he said, “Thou art more righteous than I; I will do so no more.”

The day before he had gone out to fight against his own son-in-law, in order to slay him. Sometimes Saul was among the prophets, easily turned into a prophet, and then afterwards among the witches; sometimes in one place, and then another, and insincere in everything. How many such we have in every Christian assembly; men who are very easily moulded! Say what you please to them, they always agree with you. They have affectionate dispositions, very likely a tender conscience; but then the conscience is so remarkably tender, that when touched it seems to give, and you are afraid to probe deeper, — it heals as soon it is wounded. I think I used the very singular comparison once before, which I must use again: there are some men who seem to have india-rubber hearts. If you do but touch them, there is an impression made at once; but then it is of no use, it soon restores itself to its original character. You may press them whatever way you wish, they are so elastic you can always effect your purpose; but then they are not fixed in their character, and soon return to be what they were before. O sirs, too many of you have done the same; you have bowed your heads in church, and said, “We have erred and strayed from thy ways;” and you did not mean what you said. You have come to your minister; you have said, “I repent of my sins;” you did not then feel you were a sinner; you only said it to please him. And now you attend the house of God; no one more impressible than you; the tear will run down your cheek in a moment, but yet. notwithstanding all that, the tear is dried as quickly as it is brought forth, and you remain to all intents and purposes the same as you were before. To say, “I have sinned,” in an unmeaning manner, is worse than worthless, for it is a mockery of God thus to confess with insincerity of heart.”


Sincerely Wrong

A man may be very sincere in believing a lie, and he will be so much the more sincere as his heart is the more hard. If his heart is very hard, he will lay aside all candor and will settle down in the belief of a lie so firmly that no evidence of any truth, however palpable, will in the least, move him from his falsehood. It will not be impossible for him to believe any lie, however palpable; and he will not only believe it, but he will give himself entirely up to its control; and the harder his heart is, the more confidence will he have in it, and the fewer misgivings as to its truth.

When a person believes a lie, and gives himself up to its influence, however sincere may be his belief, yet he is without excuse; for he creates his delusion by his own voluntary wickedness — it is forced upon him by no one.

It is only when the judgments or opinions are formed in a right state of heart, that a person is justified in acting in conformity to them. Many people seem to suppose that a person is pursuing a virtuous course when he acts in conformity to his real opinions, whether they are right or wrong, provided he is only sincere. Now sincerity itself may often be an evidence of great wickedness. For a man could not be sincere in pursuing a wicked course of life, or in holding on to a wrong sentiment, if his heart was right.

Therefore, a man is without excuse, who does wrong, however sincere he may be in the wrong he is doing. 

Finney Sermon Collection, Volume I, Hardness of Heart

John Wesley on “Sincerity”

TUESDAY, May 13th, 1746.

THE following persons being met at the New-Room, in Bristol: John Wesley, Charles Wesley, John Hodges, Jonathan Reeves, Thomas Maxfield, Thomas Westell, and Thomas Willis; it was inquired, —

Q. 12. What is sincerity?

A. Willingness to know and do the whole will of God. The lowest species thereof seems to be “faithfulness in that which is little.”

Q. 13. Has God any regard to man’s sincerity?

A. So far, that no man in any state can possibly please God without it; neither, indeed, in any moment wherein he is not sincere.

Q. 14. But can it be conceived that God has any regard to the sincerity of an unbeliever?

A. Yes, so much, that, if he persevere therein, God will infallibly give him faith.

Q. 15. What regard may we conceive him to have to the sincerity of a believer?

A. So much, that in every sincere believer he fulfills all the great and precious promises.

Q. 16. Whom do you term a sincere believer?

A. One that walks in the light, as God is in the light.

Q. 17. Is sincerity the same with a single eye?

A. Not altogether. The latter refers to our intention; the former, to our will or desires.

Q. 18. Is it not all in all?

A. All will follow persevering sincerity. God gives every thing with it; nothing without it.

Q. 19. Are not then sincerity and faith equivalent terms?

A. By no means. It is at least as nearly related to works as it is to faith. For example, Who is sincere before he believes? He that then does all he can; he that, according to the power he has received, brings forth “fruits meet for repentance.” Who is sincere after he believes? He that, from a sense of God’s love, is zealous of all good works.

Q. 20. Is not sincerity what St. Paul terms a willing mind? (2 Corinthans 8:12.)

A. Yes: If that word be taken in a general sense. For it is a constant disposition to use all the grace given.

Q. 21. But do we not then set sincerity on a level with faith?

A No. For we allow a man may be sincere, and not be justified, as he may be penitent, and not be justified; (not as yet;) but he cannot have faith, and not be justified. The very moment he believes, he is justified.

Q. 22. But do we not give up faith, and put sincerity in its place, as the condition of our acceptance with God?

A. We believe it is one condition of our acceptance, as repentance likewise is. And we believe it a condition of our continuing in a state of acceptance. Yet we do not put it in the place of faith. It is by faith the merits of Christ are applied to my soul. But if I am not sincere, they are not applied.

Q. 23. Is not this that “going about to establish your own righteousness,” whereof St. Paul speaks, Romans 10:3?

A. St. Paul there manifestly speaks of unbelievers, who sought to be accepted for the sake of their own righteousness. We do not seek to be accepted for the sake of our sincerity; but through the merits of Christ alone. Indeed, so long as any man believes, he cannot go about (in St. Paul’s sense) to “establish his own righteousness.”

-The Works of John Wesley – Volume 8, p. 329

Projects & Crafts Related to Sincerity

  • Teach your children the meaning of sincerity using several pairs of objects which seem to be the same, but one item in each pair is a fake. For example: two containers of “sugar,” where one is salt; two “diamond” rings, where one is a fake; two glasses of “water,” where one contains salt water. Help your children discover the “wax” in the fake items, and discuss how it makes these items insincere.
  • Provide children with art supplies with which they can create masks expressing different emotions. Emphasise that masks hide a person’s true feelings and display hypocrisy (a false impression). Suggested supplies: · Heavy-duty paper plates · Crayons or markers · Construction paper · Yarn or string · Scissors, glue, stapler, brads, etc.
  • Obtain several paint sample cards ranging from white through shades of off-white, beige, and light gray from your local hardware store. Pick out five samples that are definitely not white. Using a sheet of black paper, set up a “test” for the children in a dimly lit (though not dark) room. Arouse curiosity by allowing each child to come into the room individually and requiring that he keep the detail of the “test” a secret until all have their turns. As each child enters the room, instruct him to close his eyes. Put one of the samples on the sheet of black paper. As he opens his eyes, ask him to tell you what colour the little paper is. Then have him close his eyes again while you change the paper sample. The response will be that the little papers are white. After all the children have their turns, take the samples to a brightly lit room and lay them out on a pure white sheet of paper. The children will be surprised to see how “un-white” the samples actually are. Follow this project with a discussion of the definition of sincerity. Relate the paint sample cards to the pottery the Romans sold.

Parent Guide Planner 8, ATI, Oak Brook, IL

Meaning of “Sincerity”

Sincerity is purely motivated eagerness to do what is right. The word sincerity comes from two Latin words, sine (without) and cere (wax). The Romans tried to copy the craftsmanship of Greek pottery and often used inferior material, filling small cracks or pock marks with wax and painting over them. The unsuspecting buyer discovered the wax when he put the vessel under fire. Quality pottery thus carried the label “sin cere.”

  • Discuss how we cover deception, wrong motives, and other character flaws.
  • Discuss how hypocrisy covers up what is really in the heart.
  • Discuss the difference between flattery and praise.
  • Learn how sincerity needs to be based on God’s Word. What about people who are sincere in trying to work for their salvation? Was Saul sincere in his eagerness to persecute Christians?
  • Relate non-transparency and transparency to seeing God clearly.
  • Describe how the origin of sincerity illustrates the importance of purity.
  • Draw analogies between being transparent and the response of the two sons in the parable of Matthew 21:28-32.
  • Study how God gave Nehemiah the ability to discern impure motives.

Parent Guide Planner 8, ATI, Oak Brook, IL

Sincerity in Scripture

1) Christ was an example of # 1Pe 2:22
2) Ministers should be examples of # Tit 2:7
3) Opposed to fleshly wisdom # 2Co 1:12
4a) Our love to God # 2Co 8:8 , 24
4b) Our love to Christ # Eph 6:24
4c) Our service to God # Jos 24:14 Joh 4:23 , 24
4d) Our faith # 1Ti 1:5
4e) Our love to one another # Ro 12:9 1Pe 1:22 1Jo 3:18
4f) Our whole conduct # 2Co 1:12
4g) The preaching of the gospel # 2Co 2:17 1Th 2:3 -5
5) A characteristic of the doctrines of the gospel # 1Pe 2:2
6) The gospel sometimes preached without # Php 1:16
7) The wicked devoid of # Ps 5:9 55:21
8) Exhortations to # Ps 34:13 1Co 5:8 1Pe 2:1
9) Pray for, on behalf of others # Php 1:10
10) Blessedness of # Ps 32:2
11) Exemplified

11a) Men of Zebulun # 1Ch 12:33
11b) Hezekiah # Isa 38:3
11c) Nathanael # Joh 1:47
11d) Paul # 2Co 1:12
11e) Timothy # 2Ti 1:5
11f) Lois and Eunice # 2Ti 1:5
11g) The Redeemed # Re 14:5

How to Demonstrate Sincerity

at Home

  • Establish a regular time when you can enter into your “prayer closet” and pray to your Heavenly Father in secret.
  • Develop the spiritual discipline of fasting in secret – begin perhaps with just one meal per week and using that time instead to read and memorise God’s Word.
  • Never hide any thing from your parents.
  • Ask God to search your heart and confess any sin, double-standards, or hypocrisy He might reveal.

at Work/School

  • Do not view your employer as someone you can use “for a time” to advance your success. Instead be willing to serve in any way you can to make him successful.
  • Honour your parent’s wishes even when you are apart.

at Church

  • Practice giving anonymously to meet the needs of those that the Lord directs you to give to.
  • Carefully read the words of hymns you are singing – checking to see if they might reveal areas of your life which you have not yet surrendered to the Lord. Rather than singing words which aren’t true, use this time as a motivation to deal with secret sins.

Character Definitions of Sincerity

  • Doing things because I desire God’s gain and fear loss to His reputation (Character Clues Game)
  • Eagerly doing what is right with transparent motives (Character First!)
  • (1) Freedom from pretence or hypocrisy; honesty; straightforwardness; genuineness. (2) Freedom from falsification or adulteration; purity, correctness.(New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary)
  • sincere, adjective pure, unmixed; unadulterated; unfeigned; genuine; free from pretence; the same in reality as in appearance. »French sincère, from Latin sincerus clean (The CHAMBERS DICTIONARY on CD-ROM)

Bible Verses Related to Sincerity

Spend an evening (or several) looking at just one of these verses at a time. Don’t forget to ask your children the questions: Who? What? Where? Why? When?and How? Discuss with your family what each verse or story teaches about the character quality; and give vital application of how this quality can be applied to your family. Choose several verses to memorize together as a family during the month.

08549 Mymt tamiym taw-meem’

from 08552; TWOT-2522d; adj.

AV-without blemish 44, perfect 18, upright 8, without spot 6, uprightly 4, whole 4, sincerely 2, complete 1, full 1, misc 3; 91

1) complete, whole, entire, sound

1a) complete, whole, entire

1b) whole, sound, healthful

1c) complete, entire (of time)

1d) sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity

1e) what is complete or entirely in accord with truth and fact (neuter adj./subst)

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect <08549> in his generations, and Noah walked with God. {perfect: or, upright}
Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect <08549>. {perfect: or, upright, or, sincere}
Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish <08549>, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: {of…: Heb. son of a year}
Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity <08549> and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
Judges 9:16 Now therefore, if ye have done truly and sincerely <08549>, in that ye have made Abimelech king, and if ye have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done unto him according to the deserving of his hands;
1 Samuel 14:41 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect <08549> lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped. {Give…: or, Shew the innocent} {escaped: Heb. went forth}
2 Samuel 22:24 I was also upright <08549> before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. {before: Heb. to}
2 Samuel 22:26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright <08549> man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
2 Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect <08549>; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. {tried: or, refined}
2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect <08549>. {maketh: Heb. riddeth, or, looseth}
Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright <08549> man is laughed to scorn.
Job 36:4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect <08549> in knowledge is with thee.
Job 37:16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect <08549> in knowledge?
Psalms 15:2 He that walketh uprightly <08549>, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Psalms 18:23 I was also upright <08549> before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity. {before: Heb. with}
Psalms 18:25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright <08549> man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
Psalms 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect <08549>: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. {tried: or, refined}
Psalms 119:1 Blessed [are] the undefiled <08549> in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. {undefiled: or, perfect, or, sincere}


55 agnwv hagnos hag-noce’

from 53;; adv.

AV-sincerely 1; 1

1) chaste, clean, pure, with sincerity

Philippians 1:16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely<53>, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:


97 adolov adolos ad’ -ol-os

from 1 (as a negative particle), and 1388;; adj.

AV-sincere 1; 1

1) guileless

1a) in things: unmixed, unadulterated, pure

1b) in persons: without dishonest intent, guileless

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere <97> milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:


861 afyarsia aphtharsia af-thar-see’ -ah

from 862; TDNT-9:93 , 1259; n f

AV-incorruption 4, immortality 2, sincerity 2; 8

1) incorruption, perpetuity

2) purity, sincerity, incorrupt

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality <861>, eternal life:
1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption <861>:
1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption <861>.
1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption <861>, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption <861>, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity <861>. Amen. <<To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.>> {in sincerity: or, with incorruption}
2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality <861> to light through the gospel:
Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity <861>


1103 gnhsiov gnesios gnay’ -see-os

from the same as 1077; TDNT-1:727 , 125; adj.

AV-own 2, sincerely 1, true 1; 4

1) legitimately born, not spurious

2) true, genuine, sincere

2 Corinthians 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity <1103> of your love.
Philippians 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true <1103> yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
1 Timothy 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own <1103> son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own <1103> son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.


1505 eilikrineia heilikrineia i-lik-ree’ -ni-ah

from 1506; TDNT-2:397 , 206; n f

AV-sincerity 3; 3

1) purity, sincerity, ingenuousness

1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity <1505> and truth. {the feast: or, holyday}
2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity <1505>, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity <1505>, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. {corrupt: or, deal deceitfully with} {in Christ: or, of Christ}


1506 eilikrinhv heilikrines i-lik-ree-nace’

from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; TDNT-2:397 , 206; adj.

AV-sincere 1, pure 1; 2

1) pure, sincere, unsullied

2) found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light

Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere <1506> and without offence till the day of Christ; {approve: or, try} {are…: or, differ}

2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure <1506> minds by way of remembrance:


Hymns and Choruses Related to Sincerity

  • Just As I Am (Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871)
  • Walk in The Light (Bernard Barton, 1784-1849)
  • Cleanse Me (J. Edwin Orr – 1928-199?)
  • Whiter Than Snow (James Nicholson, 1828-1876)
  • Stepping in The Light (Eliza E. Hewitt, 1851-1920)
  • I Would Be True (Howard A. Walter, 1883-1918)
  • Nothing Between (Charles A. Tindley, 1851-1933)