We can talk about truthfulness, about saying what’s there, telling it like it is, in other words, being plain and upfront.
“State your case,” we demand, and we expect it to be the truth.
On the other hand, we can discuss lies, people who dissemble, backtrack, and try to lay it on thick. If we can make our own reality, then life is better all around.
There’s a reason courtroom rules require someone to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Colossians 3:9-10 says:
“Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
This passage is as bold as it gets. We are told in no uncertain terms how we are to live as Christians.
Stop lying. Even the little stuff. Cut it out. It doesn’t work for the Christian.
Even the little white ones that we think keep from hurting other’s feelings. Don’t say them. As the courts say, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
It’s tough. Our society says differently. Don’t tell Wanda she wasn’t invited because her husband left her. Say instead that the invitation must have been lost in the mail.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Here’s what God’s Word says:
“Seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices …”
White lies might have seemed okay before we came to Christ, but they can’t be excused now. Don’t do it.
Here are our 2 Guidelines about Truthfulness from the Word of God.
No. 1: Lies are not okay at any time.
No. 2: They are still not okay at any time.
There. That sums it up. Let’s tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
We are to live Jesus’ example in everything we say and do.
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