The Truth

voiceshakesWalk straight, act right, tell the truth. {Psalm 15:2 MSG}

Sitting at lunch with a friend at mellow mushroom by TCU and our waitress came to take our order.  She was so cheerful, bubbly and full of life!  She had some facial piercings and tattoo’s and we loved everything about her! She gave us some suggestions of her favorite pizza’s that she loved. There was so many to choose from, we could not decide…

My friend asked her “what does your tattoo say on your arm?” She came closer and showed us her forearm and said oh it says “Speak the truth even if your voice shakes”. That one statement is so powerful!  We asked her to elaborate on that and she said she had a boyfriend her senior year of high school and he was abusive and she would sometimes tell a lie, but then felt bad afterwards.  She decided to end that abusive relationship and ever since then she decided to always tell the truth, no matter what.  Even if your voice shakes, even if you are nervous, to tell the truth.  She said I can not even lie about a piece of gum anymore.

It reminded me of a statement I said about 6 years ago during a Family Thanksgiving Dinner.  My husbands cousin made a statement and I responded with the truth.  They looked at me as if… and I said what, I can’t tell a lie… ANYMORE. His response was “why not anymore?  Were you a liar before now?”

I had to ponder that question and said truthfully, “Yes, yes I was.”

I used to tell fibs, little white lies, even big fat lies, and not feel anything afterwards. My conscious was totally ok with it, even though at times I knew it was not the right thing to do. I had told fibs to my parents, teachers, friends, you know the things I thought they wanted to hear.  The things that would keep me from getting in trouble.  Tell a little of the truth and then fabricate some of it too. I would tell a lie sometimes to make the story seem a little bit better than it had originally happened.

As a little girl I remember I had such a spirit of lying in me that I did not even realize I was doing it.  It became a habit.  I remember throwing a comb at my stepdad and he asked me did you just throw that at me? I said, nope that was not me…(no one else was in the car but me and him, who else do you think threw the comb at him?) I know it sounds silly and as little children we do silly things. But I continued that habit even in my teenage years and older.  It did not seem to be such a big deal at the time.

I had heard the ten commandments. Thou shalt not lie.  But I somehow thought it was an exception for me I guess? Oh this little lie will not matter, it won’t hurt much, no one will even know, etc…

But now that I have come so much closer to God and given my whole life to him, I want to tell the truth! All the time.  As if I was injected with a truth serum. Like on the movies when someone is being interrogated and they begin to give true information.  They begin spilling out the truth without even thinking twice.

Even in a courtroom they place their hand on the bible and are asked “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, so help you God?” They reply yes.  Do you think that they always tell the truth on the witness stand?  I would love to say yes, people always respond with the truth.  But, I know there have been many cases that have gone to trial and many cases where people have been wrongly accused and sentenced with years of imprisonment.

An honest witness tells the truth, but a dishonest witness tells lies.  {Proverbs 12:17}

Maybe you have heard lies being spread about you.  How did that make you feel?  Did you want to react to that lie and make the truth be known.  Maybe you have said some lies about someone and need to set the record straight.  Let’s let today be a day of TRUTH!  Let the truth be told!  Let this be a day of reconciliation and truth to the fabrications.  Just pray and ask God how He wants you to respond.

Even as I am sitting here writing this out, I am questioning why this topic is even on my heart at this time? I have felt it strongly to be shared today. And for me to be real and relevant and truthful with you about my struggles in telling lies when I was growing up.  And to be fully honest and say that even now I mess up and catch myself telling a lie at times, but confess it at that time and receive grace. It’s as simple as that.

This is by no means to bring any condemnation in any way to you.  Please do not feel guilty or shame if you called in sick this morning at work and you really were not sick you just wanted to play hookie for the day.  If you told some lies this week, just confess them and tell God that you are sorry and ask for His forgiveness.  Receive His Grace.

Jesus always began with “I tell you the truth…”

Jesus told him “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” {John 14:6}

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. {John 8:32}

Written by Salina Duffy

One thought on “The Truth

  1. Paul was regretful to cause sorrow by his letter when it reprimanded ungodly behavior, but was refreshed when he realized, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Cor. 7:10 NIV 1984. If anyone one feels bad about their behavior because of your post, hopefully it will usher them to repentance.

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