Telling the truth has become a lost art. It’s not that we’re out there telling lies, we’re just not telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” We tiptoe upon on the truth, circle around the truth, tell bits and pieces of the truth, but don’t come right out and tell the whole truth. What does God’s word say?
“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37
Learning to be impeccable with your word, saying only what you mean, and honoring what you commit to are good values which would benefit everyone.
Most people would stop right? Why? Because they don’t want a ticket , and they know that if they drive through the light, they experience injury or worse, a fatality!
In the same way, when God asks us to be truthful, He isn’t suggesting that we omit parts that make us look good or feel better. He wants us to deal with all of the truth because that’s what it means to have integrity, to be whole. You see friends, just like that red light is there to protect you from harm, God’s truth is there to guide you towards what’s best, and keep you safe from peril.
Friends, when you live a life where love, kindness and truth are spoken in love, your children will grow up to pass on these values. When they see you seeking Godly truth and earnestly desiring to follow His will, they will grow to follow in your footsteps.
“People with integrity have firm footing, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.” Proverbs 10:9
The truth is always your friend, because like that red light – it’s grounded in a solid foundation. In the same way, Godly truth is grounded in reality. When you read God’s word you’ll see stories of people who chose to listen and obey God’s word – and those who didn’t. It’s easy to follow the crowd. Choose to follow the straight and narrow path.
Be a person who wants to know the truth. If you want to be a person of integrity, learn to embrace the whole truth.