Truth and Honesty
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
I felt the crack in our friendship the moment the lie left her lips. Years of joys and shared life-events seems to shift in my heart with that untruth. For days, I teetered between anger and despair. The Lord detests lying lips (Proverbs 12:22), I preached to myself, justifying my estrangement. As the convicting of his Holy Spirit resurrected memoires of past untruths from my own lips, God’s quiet voice told me to forgive with love and grace.
Untruths easily worm their way into our speech unless we deliberately make a choice to not allow them entry. They come in many forms…exaggerations, excuses, outright lies, and even things left blatantly unsaid.They are rooted in pride and insecurities. Often, they flow from the lies we tell ourselves about who we think we are, what we think we deserve and what others should do about it! Sometimes, they are echoes of our desires and yearnings.
How do we make a choice for honesty and transparency…and live up to it? It is a heart matter. Luke 6:45 says, Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. We must ask God to purify our hearts so that all that flows from them is truth.
Our minds play an important role in this as well. Our self-talk must be truth-filled. Philippians 4:8 is an excellent guide for our thought lives: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything Is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. When we set our minds on such things, these are the very things that flow from our lips.
May we be challenged by His Word to have sanctified mouths and minds as we walk in truth.