To Tell The Truth
“Truth is a core value that should be the guiding light in everything we do from personal life to family life, to career, to relationships, to our spiritual life, to our finances, any and all of our pursuits.”
Today’s blog can first be recognized as a very popular game show that aired many years ago and most recently has been updated, resurfaced and is gaining popularity once again. The premise is that three people are featured and their career, identity, and something significant about one of them is revealed. The panel is to guess which one out of the three is the actual person after being given the opportunity to ask pertinent questions.
It is amazing how convincing the guests can be in an attempt to stump the panel of guessers. To be perfectly blunt, all but one of them is lying! For the imposters they can lie easily because this is a game. But my question today is what about real life that’s not a game? Truth is a core value that should be the guiding light in everything we do from personal life to family life, to career, to relationships, to our spiritual life, to our finances, any and all of our pursuits.
Dictionary.com denotes these penetrating descriptions for the word “truth”: honesty, integrity, conformity with fact or reality, the state or character of being true. There are at least 224 verses in the King James version of the Bible that contain the word “truth”. Many of the verses speak of the truth of the Lord and His every present righteousness. But many others address the fact that truth should be an uncompromising part of our lives and one of our defining characteristics as children of God. If we are to reflect the true image of God, we must endeavor to be like Him in our thoughts, words, and deeds. I’d like to share two scriptures to substantiate what I’m saying.
“Lord, who can dwell in Your tent? Who can live on your holy mountain?
The one who lives honestly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges
the truth in his heart . . .” Psalm 15: 1-2 (HCSB)
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy,
we faint not; But we have renounced the hidden things of
dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of
God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending
ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
II Corinthians 4: 1 – 2 (KJV)
Although we can convince ourselves with excuses of why we don’t tell / live the truth — the whole truth, but our excuses will not impress nor be acceptable to God. Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote is true that “we can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. I would like to add to that – you cannot fool God anytime!! Therefore we must acknowledge the truth that originates in our hearts. By that acknowledgement we will discover whether our feelings, words, and actions are totally honest or dishonest. How we relate to and treat others, and in general how we live our lives before God should originate from a foundation of truth!
Source: First Lady Denise