When it comes to telling the truth where would you put yourself on a scale of 1 to 10?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mark Twain is famous for saying,
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
July 7th is Tell the Truth Day
The challenge . . . tell the truth.
Will you do it, or are “little white lies” just part of life?
Will you be able to go to work and have lunch with friends,
or would it be a good idea for you to stay in bed all day?
I believe in telling the truth.
I have zero patience with lies.
So much so that I’m challenging myself on things like . . .
exaggeration and failing to check my facts before sharing.
There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
I read several articles about Tell the Truth Day and most of them advocated
telling the truth in a shoot from the hip, no-holds barred, let them have it way.
I can’t do that.
I hate the phrase “brutal honesty,” because I believe cruelty when telling the truth is
unnecessary, inappropriate, and just plain mean.
Truth with kindness calls on us to carefully choose our words.
It may require us to keep our opinions to ourselves.
It may compel us to ask more questions and listen more carefully.
But telling the truth with love is always best.
It puts love in it’s true “greatest of these” place.
How to Tell the Truth Without Being Mean
1. Truth is an essential part of healthy relationships.
2. Lying is selfish. Always. We lie to ourselves when we believe otherwise.
3. Pray to make truth part of your relationships.
4. Choose words wisely and be intentionally kind.
5. Think about your body language and the tone of your voice.
6. Make it a personal rule to tell the truth with kindness.
7. Admit when you’re wrong and ask for forgiveness.
8. Let your “yes” be yes, and your “no” be no. (James 5:12)
(Keep it simple and kind.)
Truthfulness is kindness.
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Go out there and tell the truth today . . . and everyday.
But do it with kindness and love.