Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:10-11
Let's face it ... you shouldn't say everything that comes to your mind. For instance, "That is by far the ugliest baby I have ever seen!" is a thought that needs to be kept caged in your cranium even though you have never been more sure of anything in your life! "Absolutely!" is always the answer to the question, "Honey, does this dress make me look thinner?" Don't hesitate. Don't take the time to actually evaluate unless you are only using the time for a dramatic pause to say, "Absolutely!" with greater emotion. One aspect of a successful marriage is the understanding that every sentence ending with a question mark is not really a question.
But make no mistake--apart from babies and that dress question, truth telling must be the pattern of our speech. When we conceal the truth, distort the truth or tell a half-truth, it will catch up with us sooner or later. And long before the consequences make a tangible appearance, the spiritual crack of disobedience will disrupt our fellowship with the Father.
Truth telling allows us to "love life" and "see good days." Living a life of deceit eats us up from the inside out.
Father, give us the courage to tell the truth and to live the truth. In Jesus' name. Amen.