It’s time to get real! As we have walked through the process of repentance and restitution, the next thing that is imperative is truth. It’s time that we understand the only way to walk in continued cleansing before the Lord is to be honest with that person you see in the mirror. After all, at the end of the day, we MUST be able to feel good about what we see.
Not too many years ago, our nation was reeling with accusations against one of our leaders. The accusation, if real was unfaithfulness to marriage vows on the leader’s part and would be grounds for divorce in most courts. However, as shameful and debase as the act was, the lie that followed it was worse. There on the television, the leader was denying a sexual act, first outright denial, then a parsing of words…after all “the answer to that question is that depends on what your definition of “is” is.
It was foolish to believe that parsing words would be okay, but even worse was all of those who felt like it was no big deal.
Too often the church allows this same type of behavior to take place in the pulpit and the pew. God will never grace a place with His Presence where falsehood rules. The church must be HONEST, we must be PURE and we must demonstrate to fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) in every action and every word.
Whether you are honest or not IS important. It is important to those you interact with, but its also important for your own good…your own ethical standards. It determines whether you have character.
A half truth is still a lie and parsing words is just plain wrong. Remember, “(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and TRUTH; (Ephesians 5:9)
As we continue into our 21 Days of Seeking, it’s time for us to “get real.” We must be honest and tell the truth..even when it is uncomfortable or inconvenient.