1. Tell the truth- Just imagine if you will, the amount of stressful situations you can avoid by just telling the truth. Your emotions, fear of being found out, anger, all build up as stress, which affects every area of the body, as well as the heart. Living a life of honesty eliminates much that can cause these problems. One lie leads to another, to cover the first one. We become blind to the hurt we cause ourselves, and others, and worst of all; we don’t care. Then slander is used to justify ourselves, and destroy someone’s character; which in God’s eyes is murder. David went so far with his lies concerning his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, that he didn’t just slander, he did commit murder, by having her husband killed.
2. Be authentic- The benefits to this kind of lifestyle are great; peace of mind being one of the greatest. Being honest in character in our everyday living brings strength to the inner man, and an unshakable calm, even in the midst of a crisis in our lives.
3. If you are in grief, allow the sorrow and tears to come- Allowing ourselves to grieve, and cry when sorrows overflow brings release, and healing will begin. Suppressing grief can cause depression, and despondency.
Kind David establishes many of these doctor’s findings in psalm 51, and his cries for God’s forgiveness and restoration is a beneficial pattern for us to follow:
Ps 51:1-13 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Ps 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.