Truthful Living

John Koedyker

Read: 1 John 1:5-10

If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (v. 6)

“Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”

“I do.”

These words are very familiar to most of us. We have heard them often on television, in movies, maybe even in a courtroom firsthand. A witness in a trial is asked to testify truthfully! A person’s life could be at stake. The fact is, our judicial system could not operate without the telling of the truth.

Yet lying is pretty much common practice in our world today. The main character in the television series House, M.D. had as his motto, “Everybody lies.” There’s even a song by that title that says, “Everybody lies, lies, lies. It’s the only truth sometimes.” Sadly that is true.

But in the verses today it is obvious that God desires the truth in all situations—in relationship to God, and with others. Everybody lies except Jesus, who is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He wants us to live truthfully in a way that reflects his grace to us. But it all begins with our relationship to God. That means admitting that we are sinners who need God’s forgiveness and truly desire Christ to be the center of our lives. Can people see the truth of the gospel in your life? —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, help us to live truthful lives to your honor for the benefit of others. Amen.