Ephesians 4:15 " Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ."
Hebrews 6:18 - "So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie."
Proverbs 11:3 - "Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people."
Proverbs 12:5 - "The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful."
Beloved, what is your perspective on truth? Do you really know what TRUTH is (the actual state of a matter)? Are you a person who seeks, says, lives and deals with things truthfully, stating them as they truly are? OR are you a person who is quite content with the truth being shaded as long as it’s acceptable and in the vicinity of what is true? I have found few believe there is a need for stark truth when the comfort of lies is available. Most of us will and do lie often. We lie most often to ourselves first, God secondly and lastly we will lie to others.
For a lie to be given life it must first be conceived with pride as its father, and deceit as its mother. Pride is at is best description faith above God in one’s self. And, pride refuses to acknowledge another’s need to be told the truth over it (prides) own need to conceal it. Deceit is the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth and is the land of lying most of us reside in. We dance artfully around truth by covering it up because we think the better benefit is the lie. We will disguise a lie in flattery and flowery words or just outright say what is isn’t… and justify that by “they cannot handle the truth,” when if we spent a little more time practicing telling the truth in love we could be honest and still be peaceful and avoid being rude, hurtful or disagreeable.
We need truth like the air we breathe. Truth is light and things that are beautiful grow best in light. God is truth and because in Him we live and move and have our being…we suffer tremendously and wound ourselves skillfully when we refuse to be TRUTHFUL. God does not bless lies. He will actually uncover and expose lies eventually if not immediately. Lies have a short shelf life. Truth lives forever. Take a truth test this week over everything you think, say, do. ASK…is this TRUE? Then, tally how much of your life is real and truthful or how much of your thoughts, words, actions, your very life— is lost in lies. This is a very sobering personal growth act of discipline, but is sorely needed in our society today. Truth telling people are as hard to find as is anyone who knows how to love well.
Beloved, I am praying with and for you.
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