Tell the Truth
Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Intro: God hates lying. In any way, shape or form.
The word truth is in the Bible 224 times
Joke: If your wife asks you if she looks fat in that dress, you tell the truth. You say: “Honey, that dress was made for you! The supermodel that wore that dress in the magazine that only weighs 74 pounds looked horrible in that dress. That thing makes you look amazing.”
Make sure you don’t encourage lies and deceit in your relationship by asking questions but you want a different answer.
Joke: Honey, would you be ok with your mother in law coming next week and staying for a month? And how do you feel about letting her have our bedroom? She’s flying in at 2 AM and can you pick her up at the airport?
You’re just setting your husband up to become a professional liar.
Notice some verses in the Bible about telling the truth.
- Psalms 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
- Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
- Psalms 120:2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
- Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue…
- Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
- Proverbs 13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
- Proverbs 17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
- Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
- Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
- Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
- John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
- Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
I. Tell the truth to the Sinners
Illustration: Simon Peter stood before a group of unbelievers and denied even knowing Jesus Christ.
- 1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Someone once said that a verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
It should be! A man’s handshake and his word used to mean something.
Do what you said you would do. If you say you’ll be back to buy it, then go back and buy it.
- Illustration: In Georgia, I found some mattresses. I told the man I’d be back tomorrow to buy them. When I showed up around noon the next day, he had them stacked up by the door for me. I thought that was odd. But he believed me.
Pay your bills.
If you borrow money, pay it back.
When you’re filling out a form, tell the truth.
If you break something of someone else’s, tell the truth.
If you turn in your hours, tell the truth.
II. Tell the Truth to the Saints
- Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
You can’t possibly be full of the Holy Ghost and lie to people.
- Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Saying “I don’t have any money” when you do is a lie. Tell the truth.
Saying “I had to work” when you didn’t is a lie.
Saying “I couldn’t make it” when you could have is a lie. Tell the truth.
Saying “I didn’t have time” when you did is a lie. Tell the truth.
Saying “I will pray for you” when you don’t is not telling the truth.
III. Tell the Truth to the Savior
- 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
- 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
- 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
- 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
- 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
IV. Tell the Truth to Self
- Matt. 7:22, 23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
- 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
- James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
- 1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
- James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
- John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
Conclusion: God sees it all. He knows everything. Let us strive to live a life of truthfulness and integrity.