Don’t Lie; Speak Truth! – October 17, 2016
Ephesians 4:25-28, Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Colossians 3:5, Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a teaching series at Cottonwood Creek titled, ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way!’ During the first few weeks I spoke about four aspects of great relationships, which are love, humility, forgiveness and commitment. If you missed any of those thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com.
The next fundamental key to great relationships is knowing the do’s and don’ts of successful relationships. In Ephesians 4, Paul gives us that list of do’s and don’ts. First Ephesians 4:25, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully in love.” Paul says, if you want to have a great relationship with someone else don’t lie! Instead, speak the truth in love to one another. Great relationships are built on truthfulness and trust. It has been said, “If you tell a lie once, then all your truths become questionable.” One lie has the power to make someone question every other truth you tell, so don’t lie. Instead, be a truth-teller, and you will be well on your way to great relationships God’s way!
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D