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Friday, November 11, 2016

TRUTH VS. LYING

Psalm 25:5 New Living Translation
“Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”
            Why is it that some folks find it so hard to be truthful? There is no doubt it can be a lot easier to lie then to tell the truth.  When a person gets caught, as most people do, it is a very uncomfortable place to be … and it should be.  Nothing positive and lasting has ever been gained by lying.  Telling lies only brings pain, sorry and regret to all parties involved.  Most importantly, the integrity that an individual may have had is gone, evaporating into the wind the moment they are found out.
            Integrity, credibility and trust are three characteristics that are vital in the life of any person. When they are lost it can be a very long climb to reestablish any semblance of trust back again. Many times it is lost forever … and the guilty party has absolutely no one to blame but themselves.
            God IS truth; in him there is no shadow of turning. Of all people that you will ever know, Christ will never, ever fail you or deceive you. He is the standard against which all else is to be measured.  This is why the Psalmist asks his Heavenly Father to “guide (him) into truth” and not just any truth but the perfect and righteous truth of Almighty God.
            In the end, there are always consequences to our words and deeds. The Biblical teaching of “reaping and sowing” comes into play every day. As simple as this concept is, it is amazing how quickly that fact escapes us as we are taken over by temptation, greed or some other form of weakness. In spite of all of this there is redemption. If we come to our God with a truly contrite heart, He will restore us spiritually. Forgiveness is for the asking and freedom from sin is the result.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource:  The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

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