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We are called to live a life of truth and honesty. In fact, Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). So, what does it mean to tell the truth?

First and foremost, telling the truth means living in alignment with God’s Word. The Bible tells us to “put away falsehood and speak truthfully to one another” (Ephesians 4:25). This means that we should be truthful in our words and actions, not just to others but also to ourselves and God.

Telling the truth also means acknowledging our mistakes and taking responsibility for our actions. Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” We must be willing to confess our sins and seek forgiveness, both from God and from those we have wronged.

Additionally, telling the truth involves being truthful even when it may be difficult or uncomfortable. 2 Corinthians 8:21 says, “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” We should seek to be truthful and honest in all our dealings, even if it costs us something.

But what about situations where telling the truth may harm someone else? In these instances, we should seek to be truthful while showing love and compassion. Ephesians 4:15 tells us to “speak the truth in love,” Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Ultimately, telling the truth from a Christian perspective means aligning with God’s will and seeking to honor Him in all we do. As Jesus said in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” May we seek to live in the freedom and truth that comes from a life of honesty and integrity.

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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.