Welcome to those of you joining me after reading my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion Lord, Help Me Speak the Truth in Love. (To read the devotion, click here.) And if you leave a comment on this post, you will be entered into a drawing for a copy of my latest book When Making Others Happy is Making You Miserable: How to Break the Pattern of People Pleasing and Confidently Live Your Life. (Winner announced Monday, October 4th)
Do you sometimes have trouble speaking truthfully? I do. I shade the truth. Dress it up a bit before taking it for a spin. Oh, I have good reasons for my less-than-straightforward speech. Sometimes, I slightly twist the truth so I won’t hurt someone’s feelings when asked for my opinion. Other times, I fail to be honest because I am afraid my response might upset a friend or coworker. Still in other situations, I outright lie just to avoid a confrontation with someone over a political or other hot-topic issue. And I also admit there are times I only tell half the truth, conveniently leaving parts out. However, as I often tell my children, “A half-truth is still a whole lie.”
At the root of all these varied forms of dishonesty is this commonality: I lie in order to please someone else. However, all this twisting, shading, fibbing and half-truth telling certainly does not please the only One who matters — the Lord.
I find that memorizing relevant scriptures helps me in my quest to be a truth-teller, but also be kind. To help you do the same thing, download my free PDF below called Truth Bomb Scriptures for Memorization.
May God empower us all to tuck the truth in an envelope of kindness as we speak to others.