Read: Ephesians 4:25-32
Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor. (v. 25)
On a lazy summer day as a youngster, my friends and I loaded my Radio Flyer wagon for a hot dog roast away from home. We also took a can of pork and beans. About the length of a cow pasture away, a small creek crossed through a culvert under the road. There in the large drainage tunnel we built a fire where we could lounge hidden from the view of the world.
When it came time for the pork and beans, one of my friends said, “My dad just sets the can on a burner.” Simple enough. He failed to mention that his dad first punched a hole in the can. Suddenly, KABOOM! The cement ceiling of the county road culvert was now coated with a hot sticky covering. Instead of eating pork and beans, we watched it dripping from the ceiling into the fire.
What an unforgettable and foolish childhood experience, yet it’s one that impresses on me the importance of telling the whole story, the whole truth. Speaking the truth is a key indicator of genuine conversion. It’s also proof that we’re living a new life in Christ Jesus, who embodies the truth of God in human form. Jesus always spoke and lived the truth. He misled no one by word or deed. People who were questioning, seeking, and hurting could count on Jesus for the truth.
Can they count on you and me? —Chic Broersma
Prayer: Lord of truth and wisdom, make us ready to tell the whole truth with care.