They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.
There is no such thing as a little white lie, a little lie, or “kinda telling a lie”.
What about when we only share some information? Partial disclosure means you aren’t sharing everything—which means you’re hiding something. Is that complete honesty? Can it be interpreted as some dishonesty?
What about when you claim someone hurt or wronged you but you fail to mention what you did to them? Aren’t you being dishonest because you’re only sharing one part of the story, slanting it to fit your needs and desired outcome? If you’re going to tell someone else about the drama in your life, tell the whole story, not the redacted version that makes you look like the victim, martyr, or saint. Tell the whole story and all of the things you did and said to harm that person. If you can’t tell the whole truth, then remain in silence, speaking nothing of the drama or the other person involved.
Now let’s be clear, a loving honesty versus a spiteful honesty, both reveal the character of the truth teller. If you’re speaking the truth laced or doused in malice, then the truth of your cold heart is also revealed, and the truth that you speak not as a reflection of God but of His opposite. So be sure to check your heart before, during, and after you speak. Do your actions glorify or tear away at God’s Kingdom?
Father, I thank You for Your lovingkindness, grace, and mercy. Father, I pray that those who have dealings with me whether personally or professionally are always honest with me; and I pray that there is not a time in which I am dishonest.
Father, forgive me for those moments when I have told half-truths or was completely dishonest with another person— whether intentionally, or out of fear of hurting their feelings. Complete honesty is required of Your children and I pray that each day I am honest with myself, with Your children, and with You Lord. In Your name I pray. Amen.