Why is Truth So Important?
Our culture shouts that truth is negotiable, tweaked to fit the immediate concerns of the speaker. Many years ago we had a missionary friend from another country where lying was the norm, so much so that he had become accustomed to bending the truth to gain advantage or to protect himself or to make the other person feel good even when it was clearly untrue. He didn’t even recognize his own dishonesty. In the years since, I’ve watched this same lack of integrity permeate our culture until unadulterated truth is a rare commodity, sometimes even in our churches!
Why is truth so important?
Truth reflects God’s character; lies reflect Satan’s character. When we speak the truth, we identify with God. As His children, we must diligently seek to honor His good name, to walk worthy of the name “Christian.” Jesus claims that He is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life (Jn 14:6). His Word is TRUTH, and it is the Truth that will set us free from dishonesty and all sinful habits as we truly model after Christ (Jn 17:14-19).
When am I Not Truthful?
We can lie with more than just our words. Sometimes our lack of words promotes dishonesty, not speaking up when silence allows another to continue to believe a lie. Dishonesty is the “intent” to make others believe what is not true, hiding truth, or communicating half-truths.
Body language communicates as much or more than words, so our movements and attitudes may communicate one message while our words say another. This causes others to distrust our words, though God admonishes us to let our “Yes” be yes and our “No” be no (Jas 5:12). The Pharisees postured to communicate what was untrue, their own righteousness. When our hearts and our words say the same thing, our body language matches.
Another example of dishonest communication is when someone asks you what is wrong and you answer, “Nothing!” when something is clearly bothering you but you are not willing to deal with it. Pretending nothing is wrong when our hearts and minds are in turmoil is dishonest. Some of us need time to process before dealing with an issue, and can honestly say, “Yes, I am upset right now, and need to talk to my Heavenly Father about it first. Then I will talk to those involved after my Father gives me instructions on when and how to say what I need to say!”
Yet another dishonest communication is exaggeration for the sake of proving my point. “You ALWAYS…” or “You NEVER….” This kind of exaggeration is dishonest, and the discussion needs to remain in the moment. “Right now I feel that you…. – is that what you intended?”
Say what you Mean and Mean what you Say!
In our politically correct culture, have we lost this principle of integrity? Our words are often designed to hide what we truly mean instead of honestly and openly communicating truth. Remember that God will hold us accountable for every careless word, because our words reflect our hearts and expose good or bad fruit (Mt 12:33-37).
We must know the TRUTH before we can communicate truth, committing to be like the God of all Truth and to honestly reflect HIS character. Then in a culture that postures to hide truth, we will be clear sounding bells chiming out a beautiful truth in a dark and confused culture. Our words and our lives should ring clearly of God’s Truth to expose Satan’s lies! We speak the same language as our Heavenly Father!
6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
1. I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God!
2. My truth is based on God’s Truth, and I will be a clear sounding instrument of His Truth and Grace to a confused culture.
3. I will commit to communicating TRUTHFULLY in love and kindness in my marriage, parenting, and all other relationships where my words are to reflect my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
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