‘whether there is truth in you’ (Genesis 42:16 ESV)
How honest are we as people, or even, how honest are you and I?
Do you tell ‘little white’ lies, or say, I only lied to protect them, to save them from harm or anguish?
There is no such thing as a ‘little white lie’. There is no lie that will protect, a lie is a twisting of events that happened, a lie is like a knife cutting into something, whatever it has cut will never be the same. When you lie, you have to create a collection of lies, each one slightly bigger than the previous one, a whole universe of lies that revolve around your initial lie; you also have to be very imaginative and clever to perpetuate the ‘lie universe’.
No! A lie is a lie, and a lie is sin!
“When people tell a lie about something, they have to make up a bunch of lies to go with the first one. ‘Mythomania’ is the word for it.” (Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood).
I would say that everyone at some point has lied, whether for ‘best intentions’ to protect someone, or whether because they had done something that they should not have. Unfortunately, at various points in my life, I am saddened to say that have been guilty of both, on many occasions, but by the grace of God, I am a working progress.
I have recently read some very poignant words;
‘Never lie to someone who trusts you, and never trust someone who lies to you’ (Prakhar Sahay).
There is much truth in that statement. Generally we lie when we are afraid. Afraid that we have done something that we should not, and worried about being found out for whatever we have done; also if we realise that someone else is lying to us, why, would we ever trust anything that they would say to us. We lie when we are filled with fear, but there is a remedy;
‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear’ (1 John 4:18 ESV).
If our life is filled with love, it will be filled with Jesus, and then we have nothing to fear, and as Jesus taught;
‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32 NIV).
Some people say that the ‘truth’ is subjective, but what is it subjective to? The truth can only ever be, ‘the truth’.
But how ready are we for the truth? Do you really want people to be brutally honest?
Are you ready for a negative when you ask “Do you like my dress?”Will that answer ruin the night?
Are you ready for the negative answer when you ask “Darling, do you thing I have a beer belly coming” or will that send you into a downward spiral?
We have many issues in our lives. Many people these days have issues with how they see themselves. Girls think they are fat based upon ‘models’ that have a dress size of 0. Boys think they have something wrong if they do not have a six-pack or are slightly under-developed muscles, or are late developers.
Body image is a big thing, there are many ‘reality’ programmes regarding the issues, and they command huge audiences.
Lieutenant Kaffe said, “I want the truth!” and the reply from Colonel Jessep was “You can’t handle the truth!” (A Few Good Men – Columbia Pictures – 1992).
The Psalmist David knew what you should do;
‘The one whose walk is blameless… … who speaks the truth from the heart’ (Psalm 15:2 NIV).
We know that we should speak only the truth, but sometimes we are worried about what people will think, or sometimes we are worried how people will treat us after they know the truth we have been hiding, but;
‘the LORD hates… … a lying tongue’ (Proverbs 6:16 & 17 ESV).
God hates it when we lie, and we should be honest, because God knows what we are thinking, and what we are going to say, even before we have spoken;
‘Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely’ (Psalm 139:4 NIV).
So why do we lie? Is it because we are afraid? Is it because we think that people cannot handle or deal with, what we are about to say. If you are honest to, and the people with whom you confide in, love you as a Christian, then you should be able to tell the anything, even your dirtiest, deepest, darkest secret, that was previously known only by you and God, anything should be acceptable.
In the words of Paul, we should;
‘Present your bodies (mind, soul, everything, leaving nothing in the shadows) as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God’ (Romans 12:1 – emphasis mine).
If we are truthful in everything that we do, then there are no shadows in our life, no skeletons in the cupboard that could come flying out to harm us, our reputation, our families or relationships etc.
The Lord spoke to the prophet Zechariah, and in turn, Zechariah told the Israelite’s;
‘Speak the truth to each other’ (Zechariah 8:16 NIV).
Even Jesus came to the earth;
‘Came from the Father, full of grace and truth’ (John 1:14 NIV).
Jesus came to earth full of truth, and live the truth, spoke the truth, preached the truth. If it is good enough for Jesus, then it should be good enough for us, for as Jesus taught;
‘the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth’ (John 16:13 NIV).
Jesus, came, worked, lived, spoke, shone, and died in the truth. We too should live that light, we need to be the light for a dark world that needs saving, a world that needs Jesus, a world that needs us to show others a better way, a way of living in the light, no shadows, no skeletons, no lies, only truth;
‘If you hold to my teaching… … and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:31 & 32 NIV).
Lord, the light of your love is shining,
In the midst of the darkness, shining,
Jesus, light of the World shine upon us,
Set us free by the truth you now bring us.
Shine on me, shine on me.
Shine, Jesus, shine,
Fill this land with the Father’s glory;
Blaze, Spirit, blaze,
Set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
Flood the nations, with grace and mercy;
Send forth your Word,
Lord, and let there be light.
Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
From the shadows into your radiance;
By the blood I may enter your brightness,
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.
Shine on me, shine on me.
As we gaze on your kingly brightness,
So our faces display your likeness.
Ever changing from glory to glory,
Mirrored here may our live tell your story.
Shine on me, shine on me.
Shine Jesus Shine
Father we thank you sending Jesus to help us realise who we are. You have given us so much, freedom, salvation, hope! Help us to also give, to give your light to the dark world that we live in. Help us to be the salt and light that is so desperately needed in this world. Give us courage daily to do this task, not for our sake, but for your glory.