Hello..a beautiful and fulfilling Sunday afternoon is here. I came home and re-read my “day 1,” of the study, and realized I had left out a whole area about half-truth’s. Half-truth’s are those semi-truthful stories that are generally used as excuses when we are caught doing something wrong. At least, this is my definition. An example would be showing up 9 minutes late to a lunch appointment with a friend, and telling her my alarm didn’t go off. The truth is..my phone alarm did not go off..but my alarm on the bookcase did, as did the alarm set in the kitchen on the stove. So, instead of admitting that I CHOSE to sleep a little longer, and did not consider the traffic during lunch hour and ended up being exactly the 9 minutes late that my “snooze” allowed me, I tell a half-truth. I am feeling very remorseful at the moment, and this was just a scenario I made up! It would be easy to rationalize that I DID tell the truth..sort of..but what about the inconsiderate way I treated my friend?
The facts are: ANY intent to deceive is to LIE. The word “integrity” is derived from the mathematical term “integer,” which is a WHOLE NUMBER. Anything less than a whole number is a “Fraction.” So, when we are a person with “INTEGRITY,” we verbalize the WHOLE TRUTH, no bits and pieces, or fractions.
Have you ever noticed than when swearing in, prior to giving testimony in court, you are charged to “Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” Someone was very aware of the many ways there are to lie, when he/she suggested the courts add this into the swearing in process.
And if legal consequences are not enough to keep you from lying, think about this:
[The following text as taken verbatim from page 16]
God has sealed the destiny of every liar:”All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (REVELATION 21:8 NKJV) Death means separation. The first death is the separation of the spirit from the body; the second death is is eternal separation of the spirit from God. Eternal separation from my Father is too high a price to pay for any form of deceitfulness.
The psalmist knew the consequences of deceitfulness and constantly implored God to keep him out of this pit. Consider his plea. “Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue” (PSALM 120:2 KJV). Have you been trusting God by telling the truth and leaving the consequences to Him, or do you need to join the psalmist in his prayer for deliverance?
[TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: “My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse” (PROVERBS 8: 7-8).
Now on the Day 2!!