Scripture Reading — Psalm 15
Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
—Ephesians 4:25 —
Carl had a steady job, and his income was just enough to cover his family’s expenses. He also had a debit card that he loved to use for lots of little things like snacks and drinks. His wife, Becky, who was trying to balance the family budget, would often ask how much he was spending. “I don’t remember; I forgot to get the receipt,” he would answer. His lack of honesty about the money was causing serious friction in their marriage.
In any relationship, there can be no trust without truth. Our society’s legal system cannot function without people being sworn to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Suspicion and frustration replace peace between people when they tell lies and break promises.
Truth is precious to followers of Jesus Christ. He is the source and substance of truth from God.
The first truth we need to know is that, although God created us to love and glorify him, we are sinful and unable to save ourselves from eternal destruction. The second truth is that God gives forgiveness and everlasting life through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. The third truth is that once we have believed in Jesus, we must walk in truth, being honest with one another.
Have you ever damaged a relationship by lying? How important is the truth to you?
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the way, the truth, and the life for me. Teach me how to speak the truth in love always. In your name, Amen.