To first understand the beauty of a thing, it is essential to have a comparison point. How beautiful could light be without the darkness? Let’s look at scriptures in the Bible concerning truth and non-truth.
1. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)
2. Satan is the father of all lies. (John 8:44)
3. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
4. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)
5. There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. (Proverbs 6:16-19)
6. Thou shall not bear false witness. (Exodus 20:14)
When you lie, you are serving Satan. It didn’t say that Satan was just the father of only the really bad lies, but that Satan is the father of ALL lies. What is a lie? A lie is anything that is not the truth.
Many of us are familiar with the armor of God, found in Ephesians 6. Those of you who study God’s word know that the order of the words also have importance. The very first thing that we are told is to “have our loins girt about with truth.” When we think of a girdle, we think of that thing that confines and constricts our midsection. However, when the term girdle is applied to armor, it takes on a whole different meaning. The first step to putting on armor is to put on your girdle, which is a vest of sorts also known as a doublet. The girdle is to what the rest of the defensive gear attaches.
Without your girdle of truth, the rest of the armor is not going to provide you proper protection.
The strings on the doublet are what are used to tie the rest of the armor into place.
We as parents demand that our children not lie to us. But how many of us lie to our children? In our household, we do not under any circumstance lie, no matter what the supposed benefit might be. We instill this in our children from a very early age, handling the matter differently depending on their age and understanding of the matter. When a child realizes that they intentionally lied to avoid punishment, that is when the discipline gets taken up a notch, from counseling to counseling and a spanking. If the matter is handled properly from a young age (3ish), then by the time the child is 5/6 ish, the child should understand that lying is not an option.
There will be struggles with the flesh at times and parental counseling/educating is always needed on a consistent basis, whether the matter of lying presents itself or not. Handle your family business in a truthful matter. Make sure that you are always speaking the truth in your household. Your children will hear the hypocrisy if you don’t live up to your own standard. And they live what they learn.
My husband and I were both delivered from a party lifestyle. We do not hide this from our children or from anyone. It is a part of our testimony! We use it as a platform to educate our children about failed marriages, drugs, alcohol, and the dangers of not serving God. We didn’t wait until they were a certain age to tell them. Our mistakes have always been incorporated into daily teaching opportunities. Don’t kid yourself–your children will find out about your past. It’s best if it comes from you. If they find out from someone else, then it’s going to be you that has to earn their trust again. Pray for grace and for God to give you the right words. He will honor your desire to be truthful.
On a less personal scale, many religions believe in serving multiple gods. Some of them believe in our God, but not in his fullness. They still use other gods for other things. Therefore, they are not in the full truth. They are still serving Satan by believing the half-truth. In the end, they will be responsible for the lies that they believed. It is for each man to work out his salvation with fear and trembling. If you have doubts about what anyone is telling you, whether it’s your pastor or your best friend, it is your responsibility to read the Bible for yourself and pray for God’s revelation of truth.
The beauty of truthfulness is that it honors God, and that is always beautiful. Do what God has commanded you to do. Be truthful in all things, especially when it’s hard. God is always faithful to those who honor His word. Still not convinced? Read this testimony!
For further reading on this topic, visit Pumpkin Seed Press’s blog post on this topic.
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