Speak the Truth

Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members of one another.    Eph. 4:25    (NAB)

So far in our study, we have confirmed that God is truth, Jesus (being God) is truth, His Church is truth and His Word is truth. In fact, we even looked at the rules for interpreting His word to find His truth.

Now, let’s look at speaking the truth.

In God’s covenant with Israel, He gave them certain rules to live by. The most famous of these rules are The Ten Commandments. The Eighth Commandment states: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Ex. 20:16) When we, as children of God, speak or act contrary to the truth, we lie. “Since God is “true” the members of His people are called to live in truth,”(CCC 2465).

” Truth as uprightness in human action or speech is called truthfulness, sincerity or candor. Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists of showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words, and guarding against duplicity, dissimulation, and hypocrisy,” (CCC 2468).

“Men could not live with one another if there were not mutual confidence that they were being truthful to one another. The virtue of truth gives another his just due. Truthfulness keeps to the just mean between what ought to be expressed and what ought to be kept secret; it entails honesty and discretion. In justice,” as a matter of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth”, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sth II-II, 109,3, corp.art.” (CCC 2469).

As a follower of Christ, I am not only obligated, but commanded to be truthful with my fellow man. In my words and my actions. That is my witness. My witness reveals who my “Lord” is, who my “God” is, and it reveals who “I” am. A true believer or a hypocrite.

As it is written; If we say, ”We have fellowship with Him,” while we continue to walk in darkness we lie and do not act in truth.”   I Jn 1:6  (NAB)

3 Responses

  1. Good thoughts, Tim.

    It is very important to be truthful with others. I’ve found that some of the people I have the greatest respect for and who I’m also able to relate with aren’t the ones who hide their struggles and paint a rosy picture of who they are, but the people who are open and honest and paint themselves in a realistic light.

    When you’re allowed to see someone for who they truly are you’re able to see how much integrity they have, and also, what God’s doing in their life. As you said, it is our witness.


  2. Thanks for the comment, Kelsey. I like the way you put it,”When you’re allowed to see someone for who they truly are..” Who we really are, are people created in the divine image of God Himself, who IS truth.
    Thanks for helping me connect that! 🙂

  3. I like the way you turn to the CCC!

    The CCC rocks!

    In Jesus,
    Maria in the UK

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