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Telling the Truth
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I hate being lied to. Most people do, yet lying is rampant in our society.

Ever been to traffic court? It’s interesting to sit, watch and listen as each case is called and the wild and crazy stories are shared to get the person on the “hot seat” off the hook. I’ve watched judges listen carefully to the stories and then easily decipher the truth. The judge is never lenient with lying people. He sees right through them.

But, on the other hand, when someone comes along who isn’t afraid to tell the truth, no matter how bad it makes them look, the judge is almost always willing to show them some grace. Perhaps truth is so refreshing that it takes the court off guard!

Can you imagine how many lies God has to hear? Perhaps that’s why David wrote: “You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors” (Psalm 5:6). God just wants to hear the truth.

I’d rather hear the truth. Solomon agrees with me. He says: “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips” (Proverbs 24:26). I’m not sure about the kiss part, but I do like an honest answer.

Trust Me

A number of years ago I was caught in a situation with my boss over me controlling my future. I remember him saying, “trust me.” Something felt wrong with that statement. I couldn’t put it into words then, but later as I thought about it, I realized why it bothered me.

First, a trustworthy person doesn't need to say “trust me?” They naturally radiate trust. There is no reason to doubt a trustworthy person. He or she is a person of his or her word…plain and simple. So, when a person asks me to trust them red flags go up.

Second, I read a book on spiritual abuse and discovered that too many spiritual leaders misuse their position and authority to abuse and misuse those whom they serve. All too often they try to calm people’s fears and control others by asking them to “trust them.” Rather than work things out in an upfront and honest way, these leaders stifle the conversation and the problem solving by suggesting that they can be trusted and nothing more needs to be done. Case closed. But, true trust is given when those asking are honest and upfront and not afraid to listen and look at all sides of the situation.

Honesty truly is an important part of God’s kingdom. The world doesn’t care about our theology, but it does care about our honesty. Who wants to be part of a body of believers that is dishonest in any way? Who wants to have dishonest friends? Who wants to do business with dishonest people? We need to be honest people in all we do and say…it’s like giving away kisses.

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