“The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.” – Proverbs 12:22
“I don’t think people have demons, I think they have themselves and things they aren’t ready to be honest about yet. It is not easy to come to grips with the fact that we’re capable of hurting people with the same instrument we love them with. The heart is a hungry wolf and it is made of glass.” – King Longton
“Tune into your truth. Live it. Breathe it. Beam it.” – The Strategy Lab
We commonly hear “honestly” or “to be honest” before someone speaks their true opinion. However, when I hear this caveat I then question how often this person speaks the full truth otherwise. If we have to warn someone that our honest opinion is coming out, it must mean it’s a rarity.
We might not know when it happened, but at some point in our lives it’s likely we all have experienced when telling a little lie is easier than the full truth. When something we did was wrong, it became easier to excuse our way out of it. When someone asked for an opinion, it was more “loving” to soften the truth. When we didn’t have an answer, it became more acceptable to make something up rather than sound ignorant.
There are a few rare gems out there who haven’t fallen so accustom to lying. They are so genuine and frank about things, they don’t even seem to consider white lies. The consequence to this, if you ask for their opinion, you have to accept that their opinion might not be comforting – it will be the brutal truth.
This is not to say these people have it all figured out. Even if they speak their truth, it may come out of pride or malice or stupidity. No one on this earth is consistently honest and kind and sinless every time they speak.
Yet that doesn’t give us the excuse not to try to be. God calls us to be childlike. To think with pure intentions. To deal with the reality of each situation rather than pretend it isn’t there.
Next time the temptation comes up to hide the full truth, ask yourself: what are your intentions when you tell a lie? Do you trust that God has your back if you tell the truth and will help you tell it in the right way? Chances are, He wants you to seek the truth each and every time.