Truth. We’ve all been taught (hopefully) to always tell the truth. We teach it to our kids…and often scrutinize those who aren’t truthful. But are we truthful when it’s tough? Will we tell the truth when the consequence seems like it could end nowhere good for us? Will we tell the truth when our back is up against the wall?
I far too often have seen loved ones get hurt by someone who just cannot tell the truth because it would defame their character…but when this happens, one forfeits their ears to hear and their eyes to see. But in those circumstances is when truth matters more than anything. A lie was the very thing that bound man to sin. Lies are the main attribute of satan, he is the father of lies (John 8:44). Every time we are untruthful (lie), we let satan get a foothold in our lives. Now on the other hand, the opposite of lies is what sets us free, truth. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). He is the only way to be free from the bindings of sin. To move towards Jesus means to move away from untruthfulness. Just as light is free of darkness, truth is free of lies. So no matter how bad the consequences seem, being untruthful is always, always worse. It might seem like a quick fix, but I promise, being untruthful is literally binding yourself to sin. And it is so hard to break those bindings, and yet so, so easy to add more.
I strongly encourage you to always be truthful. Light is free of darkness, and we need to move into the light. Truth cannot be compromised, no matter what the circumstance is.