I’ll Be Honest With You ?

Are there any expressions that make you cringe ?

I am on high alert when I hear someone say: ‘I’ll be honest with you…’

This tells me that the speaker may not be honest all the time, but that he/she is claiming to be honest with me.

It is an uneccessary expression. We should always be honest (it is the best policy). Therefore, it becomes redundant to ever use the phrase ‘I’ll be honest with you’, or, similarly, ‘honestly’.

If we develop the unfortunate habit of being less than honest, we quickly lose our integrity, and people begin to trust us less. Trust, in relationships, is always difficult to regain.

Let us ask the Lord to help us become people of truth and dependability.

And, let us be alert to those who say: ‘I’ll be honest with you’.

Pictured are neighbourhood ducks.

30 thoughts on “I’ll Be Honest With You ?

  1. I share your distaste for the statement, “I’ll be honest with you.” I often ask people who say this to substitute the word, “frankly” for what they just said. I think (hope) that’s what they really mean.
    Hello Duckies!🦆

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    1. Yes, for sure ! Our words say so much about us. ‘OMG’ is greatly offensive, and people may not realize why it offends.
      Thanks for reading and commenting. 🌷🤗

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  2. At the same time, sometimes we learn these ways of speaking. I used to say honestly. A friend brought this point up to me. I didn’t even realize I said it. I don’t use it anymore.

    Sometimes we judge others due to differing experiences when we should be loving each other regardless. ❤️

    Thought provoking post, Sally. Thank you.

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  3. Yeah, I don’t like that phrase either. It also tends to signify they’re about to say something unkind or insulting. It’s right up there with, “No offense, but…” which basically means, “I know I’m about to say something incredibly offensive” and “I don’t mean to be mean, but…” Umm… yes, you do…

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    1. Hi Beverley !
      This is another redundant phrase that could be eliminated.
      As Christians, people know that we speak the truth.
      We are people of truth , and others know that we are trustworthy.
      Thanks for reading and commenting. 😁

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  4. Sally,
    I must say that I have never given this much thought and have used these phrases in the past. I can easily see how it can be mis-interpreted. Not that I’m not an honest person but bad choice in use of words. Very good read,

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