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Truthfulness

In Psalm 15 David recounts key virtues of a godly character – a kind of character that he says will experience intimacy with God. At the top of the inspired list we find the attribute of truthfulness, as we might expect. How can one claim to have intimacy with the God of truth if one does not consistently “speak the truth from his heart” (v.2)? Because the truth does not always bring us advantage in life, many have become experts at twisting, contorting and embellishing the facts. In our hearts we may know the truth of a given situation, but from our mouths comes a story that is not entirely truthful. David says there is no place for such skill among those making a claim to godliness. Even when the facts may not serve our best interest, those who experience intimacy with God will speak the truth in love without compromising an accurate reflection of reality. To walk with God we will seek to capture the essence of that medieval phrase which has become commonly known, but not commonly practiced – we will tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” May God’s Spirit help us be truthful men and women as we become more closely aligned with the heart of our Father.

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  1. Love it!

    Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV)
    13 He who covers his sins will not prosper,
    But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

    2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)
    10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

    Luke 24:47 (NKJV)
    47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

    John 3:19-21 (NKJV)
    19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

    Hebrews 5:7-9 (NKJV)
    Jesus, 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

    “To all who obey Him”

  2. Thanks for this. I struggle so much with this. My intentions are always there, but when it comes time for my mouth to perform, my intentions go right out the door, and I’m in my closet again praying for forgiveness.
    Again, this is a topic about which enough can never ever be discussed.

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