I want to begin this post by apologizing that it has been so long since my last post. With so many viruses going around, my husband, children, and I have taken turns with illnesses. In addition, my children are both involved with school sports. I am not attempting to bombard you with too many of my life’s details, but I want my readers to know that my absence has not been from intentional neglect.
If we are all honest, we have all told what is known as bold-faced lies. Many of us have omitted information that needed to be in our stories or statements, and, truthfully, many of us have added information that was not accurate to our stories and statements. However, to be fair, we have omitted facts when relating events to people simply because all the details did not need to be told. Those omissions are hardly a sin. People do not want to know every detail of every story we tell.
Wisdom Versus Deceit
The bible is very clear about walking in lies and deceit versus the truth, but sometimes the line between simply using wisdom in what we tell and willfully operating in deceit can be a fine one and even a bit blurry. Not only does the Bible tell us what is expected of us, but the Word of God also gives strategies for living out His instruction. Often, we are not looking for those strategies, or, we do not realize that we have come upon something that is meant to serve as an application.
Romans 12:2 is a perfect example of such an application. We are told that knowing God’s will is accomplished through being transformed by renewing our minds. In other words, changing our thinking is a key to victory over sin. The book of Proverbs in the Old Testament is full of practical wisdom in every day situations. The Holy Spirit is meant to guide us as well. John 16:13 states that the Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. Wouldn’t it be logical to assume that since He guides us into all truth that He will guide our words? Of course!
In other posts, I have explained ways to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. In a nutshell, prayer and time in Word bring about that sensitivity. Applying what we learn and obeying God makes us even more sensitive to His voice. Jesus told the disciples (Matthew 10:19) that they had no need to worry about what they would say when they were facing persecution. They were assured that God would give them the words to say.
1 Peter 3:15 states that we must sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts in order to know how to answer everyone about the hope we have. The word sanctify means “set apart”. We must set apart time with the Lord and esteem Him higher than all else in our lives. In doing this, we will be guided as to how to answer people about various issues with truthfulness, yet, without too much information.
Truth Brings Freedom
There are times in my past in which I walked in deceit with those around me. If I felt it was needed, I would manipulate details in a story to make myself appear favorable. Mind you, I was a born-again believer at this time. Trust me, the Holy Spirit convicted me. I did something dangerous with that conviction. I did not listen to it. Eventually, I hardened to the sound of His voice. A time of repentance had to be taken to soften what was hardened.
Since that time, I have found such freedom in being truthful in all matters. Of course, I still seek guidance from the Holy Spirit because I tend to blurt out too much “truth”. Ephesians 4:15 states that we must speak the truth in love. Love coupled with truth brings just the right amount of information. Giving too many details, or, speaking truth too harshly can do more harm than good. Thank God for His word and for giving us His Spirit to guide us.
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we want to live with integrity. Doing this allows others to see Christ in us. It also maintains good relationships with others. If you are in the habit of being deceitful, ask the Lord to help you today. He will never fail to answer.