TELL THE TRUTH
It was a crowded Sunday morning worship service when the pastor reminded his congregation of the church prayer meeting. Unfortunately, only two members came: the pastor and the three-hundred pound church janitor.
The next Sunday the pastor informed his flock that there was a “large and enthusiastic crowd” at prayer meeting.
The janitor became upset and accused the pastor of lying.
“But,” protested the pastor, “I did not lie. You’re large and I’m enthusiastic.”
There are times when we twist the truth to make ourselves or others look good or bad. Sometimes we offer a lie as an asset but it always proves to be a liability. There are times when we stretch the truth but it will always snap back and hurt us.
One translation of the Bible put it this way: “Stop lying to each other; tell the truth…when we lie to each other we are only hurting ourselves.”
Prayer: Father, often we are tempted to explain away our short comings or exaggerate the faults of others. Help us to realize that You expect truth and honesty from us and that You will hold us responsible for every word we speak: in Thy Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ephesians 4:25 (TLB) Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves.