2010-12-19 - How Do We Really Practice
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 56
Ninth Commandment ~ Part 6
As with the other commands, it isn't enough not to lie. We must be willing
to tell the truth. Now this is a dangerous statement, because some have taken
it as an excuse to unnecessarily hurt someone. Just because your wife's hat
looks ridiculous, she loves it. Don't tell her how bad it looks, which is
an opinion. Tell her it's really unique. This is the truth, and your taste
is subjective, so the fact it looks bad to you doesn't make it so. The call
to tell the truth is not license to nail someone you don't like.
There is the need, though, in love sometimes to confront a brother when he
is in sin - for his own sake.
"Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you
who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness;" (Galatians
If we really love someone, then, we may have to do the hardest thing, which
is telling the truth, (in love).
Being honest is really an important part of our witness, in that, if those
around us know we are honest, they are more likely to come to us when in
time of need. If we are trying to teach the unbeliever that they can trust
Christ, then don't they have to be able to trust us? What are some ways that
you can think of to speak the truth, or the necessity of truth?
Comments or Questions?
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