Lies have a disastrous and deadly effect on the body of Christ.  Ephesians 4:25 says, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”  And the Bible does not instruct us to say nothing at all, instead we speak the truth to one another to build the body.

Remember God is truth and He speaks truth.  We can trust God because he does not lie.  That trust brings about freedom within us to love and enjoy God.  If we are in Christ then we should strive to speak truth to one another.  We are His ambassadors. 

There are many reasons humans lie.  It may be to win the approval of other people.  It may be to create a better version of us than we feel we are.  We may lie to not hurt people’s feelings.  In the end we lie because we don’t like the truth.

Some of us deal with outright lying.  Others tell half-truths.  We control the amount of information.  We control how much people know about us.  Do we need to tell everyone everything?  No, we don’t.  But think about this, when you misrepresent who you are by building yourself up with lies then you are preaching the anti-gospel.  When you portray yourself as perfect or without flaws then you preach a sermon with your life that says you do not need Jesus. 

How does the truth build the body?  Well first of all we can’t preach the gospel to one another if we are lying to one another.  The body is built when it mutually shares in the goodness of the gospel.  In the body we are members of one another.  Everything we do affects other parts of the body.

Let’s get honest.  Is it easy to tell the truth?  Is it easy to admit when we have failed?  Is it easy to admit that we are broken and fallen?  No.  But we are all in the same place.  All have sinned and fallen short.  The gospel neutralizes any attempt at boasting, it levels the playing field.  We all are sinners in need of a savior.  Therefore we have no reason to lie.  Speak the truth this week.  Speak about how while you were yet a sinner Christ died for you.

Advertisements