I Tell You the Truth

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Put Off Falsehood and Speak Truthfully.

Jesus is quoted as saying, "I tell you the truth" over seventy times in the four gospel accounts of his birth, life, suffering, death, resurrection and ascension.

He said he came into the world "to testify to the truth" (John 18:37.) The gospel writers declared Jesus was "full of grace and truth" (John 1:14) and "grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (John 1:17.) Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6.)

Who do you trust to speak truth without "spin" or to give information with all the pertinent facts presented? Advertisers? Do I hear a laugh or two? How about your state senator or house representative? How about your employer or your employees? How about your religious leaders, do you trust them to be fully forthcoming?

Can you look in the mirror with a clear conscience in your own history of telling the truth? Neither can I, except in the sense of having my guilt wiped away by Jesus and in the sense of knowing I have set my heart to loving and speaking truth to the best of my ability and the power of the Holy Spirit to give that ability.

We who call ourselves Christian are instructed, "Do not lie to each other" in Colossians 3:9. Why? Because God is creating in us a new person who resembles Jesus who tells the truth.

This does not mean we can betray confidences or we must reveal everything to everybody. There are times to be silent. Godly wisdom knows when to speak and when to withhold, but God does not lie, nor does he want his children in Christ to lie. We live in a world where truth and deception exist in opposition to Jesus' way of life. Our challenge is to discern truth from falsehood, and our choice is between which to practice.

Lying sins and habits of lying can be overcome—in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:11.) Jesus is faithful to forgive us of the sins we confess and to cleanse our hearts so we can love truth and stop lying to ourselves and others (1 John 1:8-2:6.) Along with the promise is also a warning (Revelation 22:12-16): those who love and practice falsehood will not be allowed to enter the gates of God’s holy city. Truth matters.

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