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.