Truthfulness vs Deception
This is WEEK 47 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012. So glad you stopped by!
“Let us rejoice in the truth, wherever we find its lamp burning.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
Half a truth is often a great lie. -Benjamin Franklin
We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth. -Charles Stanley
God’s truth judges created things out of love, and Satan’s truth judges them out of envy and hatred. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer
1.characterized by accuracy or realism.
2.sincerity in action, character, and utterance
Synonyms for Truthful: believable, correct, factual, legit
Antonyms for Truthful: dishonest, hypocritical, inaccurate
What The Bible Says About Being Truthful:
Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
Exodus 20:16 – Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
1 John 4:1 – Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
Psalm 43:3 Send our your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Examples From The Bible:
Ananias And Sapphira: Acts 5:1-9 Did not disclose the full price they paid – struck dead by God for their deceit
Eve and the Serpent: Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3:4 God said Eve would die, and the Serpent said she would not die.
Jacob: Genesis 43:12 Tells his sons to return the money found in their bags from Egypt.
The Example Of Jesus To Us:
John 17;17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Matthew 22:16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.
John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Personal Thoughts and Applications:
Honesty is always the best policy! As Christians, we should strive to have integrity, provide accurate information, communicate thoroughly and be faithful…. God will always honor truth and God will always detest dishonesty. We are to be the light of God to a world of darkness, and the light that we are to show the world is His Truth. As God is truth, so Satan is the Great Deceiver. He loves to take 1/2 truths and to twist God’s words to deceive and confuse us. We must be diligent to constantly seek Truth and be wary and wise to Satan’s deceptions, including false prophets. Christmas is a perfect example of Satan at work…He tries each year to put our focus on the materialism and selfishness of Christmas time, to demystify, and defile the time that marks the greatest spiritual event ever..the birth of the Savior of the World. Don’t let Satan turn your eyes from the focus of this Christmas…God’s love and hope, and TRUTH!
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you seek God’s truth always and embrace and cling to it as the most precious thing in this life…..for without Truth, all of life is a bitter deception. May you be truthful in your actions and words towards others, but deliver that truth in love and good will.
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