Truth has power. It can destroy illusions and reveal character. It can inspire movements and bring down barriers. When we make truth an integral part of our life we become a person of our word. People will trust us and know that they can depend on us. Telling the truth in a moment of difficulty takes great strength and courage. Unfortunately, many people choose instead to be cowards and hide behind lies. They take what seems like the easy way out to avoid the conflict or pain of being honest. But lying will cost you everything. It destroys relationships, damages trust and causes life altering consequences.
"Truth is like surgery. It hurts but cures. A lie is like a pain killer. It gives instant relief but has side effects forever."
Speaking truth is viewed by some as being hateful or harassment or disparaging to them. But being truthful is not hate. It's just the opposite....it's a sign of great love. Speaking truth protects others from a lifetime of pain and regret.
When you force people to face truth and be completely honest with others and with themselves, it can get really ugly. Especially if the person is comfortable in the world that the lies have created for them. When you tear down those walls, you are exposing who they truly are behind the mask.
When our mask is removed, we are faced with a critical choice. Do we admit our failures and change or do we lash out and attack the person who had the courage to speak truth to us and about us?
"The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie. Keep speaking truth."
Proverbs 12:22 tells us that "the Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth". Telling the truth brings great delight to our Heavenly Father. It's not easy. It takes courage and reliance on God. Job 27:5 says "I will have the moral courage to make my actions consistent with my knowledge of right and wrong." It takes practice and maturity to be a person of integrity.
"The truth always has a way of coming out in the end, no matter how hard anyone tries to hide it or stop it. Lies are just a temporary delay to the inevitable."
You can try many tactics to suppress the truth. You can bully or threaten those who know the truth about you. You can even try to take legal action against them. But the inevitable will happen. Your lies will be exposed and the truth about your character and choices will be evident to everyone who knows you.
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