Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tell The Truth

Tell The Truth

Proverbs 12:17NIV
An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies

Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? It should be, but for many it is not.  They choose to lie, stretch the truth, mislead, or fashion the truth into whatever it is that may make them look good, feel good, or get what they want.

Truth is truth, there is not form or fashion of it, it's either true or not, I don't care what anyone tells you there is truth and there is lie.  There is no inbetween, to say anything else, changes the very defintion of the word.

We need to be people of truth. If someone asks you a question, you give them a truthful answer. If someone asks you what happened, or how you feel about something, or what is going on, you give them the truth.  When you tell the truth and give the truth you never have to think, re-think, or ponder your answers. People who lie, always have to lie to cover up lies, and have to constantly think about what they say because they can't keep their lies straight.

Tell the truth, no matter the cost, because lying will cost you more.  Tell the truth, even if you have to tell it alone, because lying will leave you much more a lone. Tell the truth, at the risk of making someone mad, hurting their feelings, or threat of losing them, because lying or being dishonest with upset God, damage your feelings, and threaten your integrity an character.

People need truth and if they don't like it or don't want to hear it, that is their problem not yours or mine. It is not our job to change or adjust the truth to accomodate people's feelings, emotions, or ego's. Truth is truth.

You cannot hide the truth, no matter how much you lie, manipulate, scheme, or hide it, the truth always eventually comes out in one form or fashion, or one way or the other, and we can be sure that God is always a God of truth and will not stand for dishonesty, lying lips, and deceivers.

We all have fell short at times of telling the truth, even if our intent wasn't to lie, maybe we stretched the truth, or hid it, or ignored it, to save our feelings or someone elses, or to not hurt someone, or protect someone, but I don't care the situation, I think it is always best to be honest and tell the truth and that is what God expects of everyone.

One of the 10 commandments is "You shall not Lie", I think it's pretty important to God to not lie and be truthful, no matter the circumstance. I'd rather tell the truth and risk hurting someone's feelings, or making someone mad, or whatever the case, than live with the guilt or shame of ruining my character by not being a man of truth.   Now, I am not talking about giving people our opinions or running our mouths to or about people, based on our opinions or feelings and not actual facts or truth, that happens alot, we pick and choose our truth, but again it goes back to the simple equation, truth is truth.  

Be truthful in your relationships, your dealings and treatment of others, your words and actions, and most of all in your faith.  Every day of our lives lets strive to be truthful and honest in each and every situation, don't make excuses or justify your behavior, be truthful with God, be truthful with others, and be truthful with yourself, until you do you will never heal, get better, or be the person God wants you to be.  No one wants to be around or deal with a liar.

Psalm 25:5niv
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long

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