THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011
"Know the whole truth and tell it in love." Eph 4:15 TM
A teen who'd just gotten his driver's license told his parents he was meeting his buddies at a local restaurant. But this particular restaurant had several locations and he drove to one sixty miles away. They say, "What you don't expose, will expose you." Unfortunately, his parents went shopping in that area the same evening. Imagine his thoughts when he stopped at an intersection, looked over and saw his mom giving him that "look" parents reserve for the worst offenses! We need to "keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display" (2Co 4:2 TM); speak the plain, unembellished truth, so people don't have to "read between the lines or look for hidden meanings" (2Co 1:13 TM). There are statements we instinctively disbelieve, like "The check is in the mail...the puppy won't be any trouble...I won't tell anybody." Then there are "lies so clever they sound like the truth" (Eph 4:14 NLT). For example, we want to be the good guy, so we leave out information that might put us in a bad light. Or to avoid upsetting somebody we stretch the truth. One Bible teacher writes: "Solving problems in a relationship is one of the most important skills you'll ever learn. It makes for a successful family life, career, education, and social life. Unless we have these skills we'll never be truly happy. When you have a problem with someone, state it in a gentle, positive way. If you don't start right you'll have little hope of ending right." So, "grow up...know the whole truth and tell it in love."
Published on Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:14 AM CDT