READ : Ephesians 4:25
“The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” So goes the oath on TV court dramas. It is so easy not to tell the whole truth. We tell white lies, leave out part of the truth, mix falsehood with truth, and lie outright. The reason often is fear. Fear of being caught in wrongdoing. Fear of hurting someone’s feelings.
We fear getting involved in something that will take too much time or energy so we lie as an easy way out. We fear we will not measure up so we exaggerate. We hide the truth of who we are. Deep down we know that our souls are stained or ugly, and we panic.
But you have already been accepted in Jesus Christ. His perfect love will drive out your fear (1 John 4:18). You don’t have to cover up or lie. We’re all sinners saved by grace, similarly guilty at the foot of the cross. Jesus empowers you to put off the falsehood of your old self.
When we take courage to be honest with others, we’ll find ourselves more interested in them. We’re more able and willing to help others because we’re not spending so much time focusing on ourselves. Then we can “share with those in need” and “build others up” (vv. 28-29).
When I fear to be honest and am tempted to cover up, show me the integrity of your love that I may gain courage. Amen.