You are a truth teller

''My mouth speaks what is true.' Proverbs 8:7 NIV

Ever told a lie to avoid hurting someone's feelings? Ever exaggerated your story to make others think better of you? Whatever the reason, withholding the truth is extremely unhelpful! We can see this in the story of Ananias and Sapphira: they created a false impression about their giving, and dropped dead in the presence of the apostles. Dying after lying isn't something we hear much of these days, but that doesn't mean being untruthful is now more acceptable.

God knows everything we think and say. 'You know my thoughts before I think them... Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it' (Psalm 139:2-4 NCV). Peter said, 'You have not lied to man but to God' (Acts 5:4 NIV). When we lie or exaggerate, we're lying to God.

Some of the worst lies are those we tell ourselves. We think we're not good enough, we're failures, we can't be used by God... all lies! The Bible is full of God telling us who we are. We're his children, he loves us, accepts us as we are and forgives us. He has plans for us, and will equip us to be able to do them. Whether we're speaking to others, or to ourselves, our words should be full of truth.

So what now? If you find yourself stretching the truth, remember, like Solomon, to declare this: 'My mouth speaks what is true...All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse' (Proverbs 8:7-8 NIV). With the Holy Spirit in you, you are a truth teller.

Soulfood: Josh 2:1-24 Acts 9:20-30,

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