I was thinking about how we interact with each other, as believers. I can’t find any source in the Bible or reference in a sermon that indicates we should lie to each other. In fact, the Bible commands us to not bear false witness.
From the Old Testament, to the New Testament, here are just a few examples:
Leviticus 19:11 ” ‘Do not steal. ” ‘Do not lie. ” ‘Do not deceive one another.
Proverbs 12:22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
Zephaniah 3:13 The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will speak no lies, nor will deceit be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.”
John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
If you were to ask anyone what the opposite of a lie is, their response would be truth. So, it would appear that if we are NOT to speak lies to each other, than we are called TO speak truth.
John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Ephesians 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Scripture also tells us that Jesus is the Word, and he is Truth.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
If Jesus is the Word and the Truth, then when were are told in the scriptures:
John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
We are being handed a very might assignment, we are not just handling the words that come out of our mouths … but we are handling the representation of Christ IN US. We are charged to RIGHTLY handle the word of truth. Not just words on a page, but the words of Jesus.
We must rightly handle Jesus, and everything He has said to us in his life and the words in the Holy Scriptures.
If we are looking to Jesus as “the Truth”… doesn’t that change how “Speaking the Truth in Love” means? We are to be speaking about Jesus in LOVING terms. We love him, we speak fondly of him, we don’t misrepresent him, we don’t devalue his ways with our opinions.
To speak Truth = To speak about Jesus
To walk in Truth = To walk in Jesus.
To declare Truth = To declare Jesus.
To worship in Truth = To worship in Jesus.
To come to Truth = To come to Jesus.
To believe and know Truth = To believe and know Jesus.
To handle accurately Truth = To handle, represent Jesus accurately.
To obey Truth = To obey Jesus.
To be established in Truth = To be established in Jesus.
Because, TRUTH — JESUS… sets us free, sanctifies us, purifies us, establishes us as part of an eternal kingdom.