My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. – Proverbs 8:7 (NIV)
I always hated getting in trouble as a kid. I never wanted to do the wrong thing, but when I did, I’d often stretch the truth a bit to get out of trouble. Perhaps I’d say I didn’t know or understand the rules when I did, hoping to avoid punishment.
God’s word really brought light to me when I began reading this verse. It challenged me to always speak what is true.
If I was stretching the truth a bit to get out of trouble, I was really lying. I determined to do a better job of speaking truth.
Speaking truth isn’t easy, especially when it’s easier to lie and avoid punishment. However, in the long run, choosing to speak the truth will set you up for success.
When you’re known as a person who is truthful and honest, people will be able to depend and count on you. That’s what you want. You want to be a person that others can count on and a person who is showing others what Jesus really looks like.
Today, challenge yourself to speak truth at all costs. Even if it means getting into trouble.