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Should I always tell the truth?

Of course! But if it were so simple, the question wouldn’t arise? We know that in general honest is best, but then we have questions about special cases. Should I tell my girlfriend the truth about my past? Should I tell the police the whole truth about the accident? Should I tell my parents the real story about last night?

The fact is, truth sets you free. Secrets and falsehoods imprison you. The more secrets you have, the harder you have to work to protect them. Energy and creativity that could be used for living and loving are diverted into protecting the secrets. You live in fear of being found out.

God has something better in mind for you. Jesus declared that our speech should be so consistently reliable that we would have no need for oaths. “Let your ‘Yes’ be yes, and your ‘No’ be no.”  Matthew 5. In another place we read: “Tell the truth in love.” Ephesians 4:15. Tell the truth–tactfully, courteously. You don’t have to get in people’s faces, but don’t distort, evade or fuzz the truth.

If you speak the truth in love, you’ll discover that you are free and that you are being used by God to bring freedom to others.

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John McLarty

writes from the Pacific Northwest.

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