[CF Devotionals] 2010-12-19 - How Do We Really Practice True Honesty?

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 6:1).

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?

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