Speak the Truth

Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment. Proverbs 12:17-19 HCSB

Dr. James Dobson tells a story of a little boy who had ears that stuck out from the side of his head. This little boy came to Sunday School as a guest and one of the other boys made the comment, ā€œLook, his ears look like Jeep fenders.ā€ The boy laughed along with all the other boys, but he never returned to Sunday School.

It is good to speak the truth but not at the expense of hurting other people. The words the little boy said about the other little boy were spoken rashly. What was said was reckless and inconsiderate. Even though the ridiculed boy may have laughed, deep inside those words hurt like a piercing sword. Our words have the power and ability to hurt or to bring healing and encouragement. It is right to tell the truth, but sometimes it is best to remain silent.

Challenge: Be careful what you say. Too many times there are false and accusing words said about and to other people. Telling lies will always bring wrath and punishment. It is important to always tell the truth. God is Truth and truth will endure forever.

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