“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” – Ephesians 4:25
As we looked at yesterday, you can’t be changed by Jesus and remain the same. When you walk a new walk and replace your old life with the new life that is available through Christ, you will naturally live a different kind of life.
In Ephesians, Paul talks specifically about some of those differences. Ephesians 4:25 tells us about the first; “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
I read a poll recently that said over 90% of Americans admit to consistently lying in their life. I thought that sounded high, but that is the number it gave. When asked why, one person responded and said, “A little white lie here and there never hurt anybody.”
Let me ask you a question today: have you ever told a little white lie?
A “little white lie” is defined as “a false statement about a small or unimportant matter.” But according to Scripture, there are no little lies. All lies are a big deal to God. In Proverbs 6, the author tells us there are six things the Lord HATES, and one of those things is, “a lying witness who gives false testimony.”
God hates when we lie, and He hates it because you and I are more than just individuals to God. If we are “in Christ.” He sees us as part of His body. So, because we are part of His spiritual body, when we lie and don’t speak the truth, we hurt the entire body of Christ.
When you are in Christ, and you tell the truth, your life is being lived in a way that resembles and honors God. When you lie, you’re living in a way that is inconsistent with your new life in Christ.
Do you want God to create change in your life? It starts by being a truth-teller.