Anything from “I love you,” to a simple “yes” or “no” can be powerful, whether it is sincere, or not. Many children grow up believing lying is a normal way of life. Commercials tell us that if we own this car, drink this beer, or wear these clothes, we will be surrounded by “beautiful people” bombarding our lives, daily. The discerning person learns that it is not what someone says that ultimately matters. Oh, it no doubt can work for a while. Sometimes people want so desperately to believe something is true they will convince themselves that what is being said is true even when in their heart they know better. The people I appreciate in my life are the truth tellers. I don’t always like what they say, and at times they could probably find a better way to say it, but ultimately knowing the truth is less painful than digging for it through a lie. I am always suspect of sentences that start with “honestly,” “to tell the truth,” or any other variation of that statement. It makes all of what they say that follows more work to sort through in order to get to the truth. Today, speak the truth in love. The world will be a better place for it and so will you.
“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” Jesus