When we deal correctly with lies, our own truth will change quickly. But the choice is ours. What will we believe? What will we hold on to?
Psalm 19:14 NASB
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
Our heart, our beliefs guide all we do. If we don’t believe there are consequences to our actions, we will act differently. If we believe that there is some desired outcome, we will respond differently. Our actions and our words are living billboards, announcers if you will, of what we believe in our hearts.
That is why we have to make sure our words help make people better, lift up instead of tearing down and demonstrate care and wisdom. Words are intended to be used between people and to share thoughts, ideas and desire. Yet when our words are full of poison or negative, the results will not be what helps everyone.
Ephesians 4:29 NASB
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Romans 14:19 NASB
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
The way we live shows people either for are following God or something else. When our lives demonstrate what it is to honor God, we will be able to guide others toward God. In fact when we deal with lies and live with great character when accusations come they will be found false.
1 Peter 2:12 NIV
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Matthew 7:2 NASB
For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
The way we judge others is also an open door to our own heart, our motives and our chosen direction in life. Are we seeking to help people or to step on people so we can go further? Many wise people have reminded us that the best way to find success is to help others become successful. By not judging others we begin to love and accept people helping them and us get stronger.
One last thought for us today comes wrapped up in a man we know as John the Baptist. He was a different kind of man. His parents were told before he was born that his purpose was to point to God and the one coming to change the world. It was John who declared lies wrong and held on to the truth through preaching, guiding people and preparing for Jesus’ arrival.
John 5:35 NIV
John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
That ought to be something that is said of you and me. May our lives be somewhat of a lamp that points to and shines on God above everything else. We live for a short time. Let’s use our lives for what matters.
Let go of the lies and hang on to the truth!
NOTE: our current series at The Community Fellowship is called LIES, and this post is taken from part of this past Sunday’s message titled “Lies We Tell”. Join us this coming Sunday morning for the next sermon in this series, and please consider joining our currently push to find 250 people who will give $100 toward the goal of $25,000 which will put a new roof on the office building on our new/future campus. You can give online HERE (click vision fund). Thank you for allowing me to share with you!