As each of us lives our short life on this earth, we will often find ourselves not knowing what to do when facing some trial, temptation or other difficult circumstance. All of these situations occur, are real and can really be challenging, can’t they?
Perhaps one of the most difficult situations in any person’s life, young or old, is to be willing and honest to simply ‘tell the truth!’ If we know we’re going to be in trouble when we answer truthfully … the pressure can be so strong … from within and from without to answer in a way other than being truthful!
We learned as little ones that ‘telling the truth’ can be painful! For me it was the north end of mimosa branch that had teeth to bite with! My mother used to tell us as we were growing up, “you don’t have to remember what you said when you tell the truth.” I don’t know if she ever read Mark Twain, but I sure know how much time she spent in God’s Word!
Learning to always tell the truth helps us to become people of integrity … people who are honest … no matter what! There seems to be a great deal of dishonesty in our time and in our culture, doesn’t there? So many are just not honest … with themselves … with others … but most importantly with God! Let’s all be careful not to fall into this ever-widening trap. Our Lord is perfect truth in every way! Our Lord does not reward dishonesty … untruthfulness … lies of any sort! He will always give us the courage to tell the truth … no matter what!
“There is no truth in (the devil). When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44).
“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11).
Bill Fairchild, Jr.