“Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.” – Author Unknown.
For those of us who’ve grown up in the church the idea of not telling lies is ingrained in us from a young age. But like every person in the history of the world we soon realize that we can try to find ways around that idea. Not by telling an all out lie but by not actually telling the whole truth. We even try to justify it by saying we’re trying to protect the person we’re lying to when really we’re just trying to protect ourselves.
The good news is, we are not alone in this. King David went to great lengths to cover up his mistakes with Bathsheba as is told in 2 Samuel 11 and 12. David messed up but when confronted with the truth he recognized his sin and repented.
There may be things we would like to keep hidden about ourselves. Things we’ve done and know were wrong. Things we’re not proud of. Hurts we haven’t dealt with. Fears we won’t admit to. But when we do that we lose out on the opportunity for true intimacy with God, our spouses, our families and our friends.
Intimacy is defined as being fully known.
God knows us fully. In fact He knows us better than we know ourselves but by trying to keep something from Him we are putting up a wall between God and us. He knows what’s on our side of the wall but we are separated from what He has to offer us.
In the same way by withholding truth in our other relationships we create a barrier between them and us and miss out on all the relationships could be.
It’s not easy. First we have to be truthful with ourselves. We all know we make mistakes and have shortcomings. Acknowledging them to ourselves is the first step in overcoming our weaknesses.
Secondly we need to be truthful with our spouse/friends. It is important that we allow the important people in our lives to know us, flaws and all. This isn’t an excuse to dump our baggage but a journey to explore with those we care about most.
Thirdly we need to be truthful with God. He knows it anyway but by keeping it to ourselves we’re missing out on the healing that can come with repentance.
So what now? How do we go about being more truthful?
We value truth telling more than image building. It’s okay not to be perfect.
We value transparency more than accountability. Accountability is only as effective as your transparency.
We value intimacy more than the absence of conflict. Not fighting because we’re not telling the truth is no better than fighting,
Telling the truth doesn’t require a change of behavior it requires a change of heart. God is ready and waiting to give us a hand. All we have to do is ask. Will we?
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