Be true to yourself is the highest truth. A Spiritual Warrior.
Truth is violated by falsehood, and it may be equally outraged by silence. Marcelinus Amianus
Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail; but in conveying a right impression. Henry Alford
Lying is one of the worst pollutants there is. Telling the truth is no longer the high standard it once was. Politicians, advertisers, sales people, journalists, educators and lawyers are some examples of those that we allow exemptions from telling the truth. Those that are in high places are those that we seem to hold the least accountable. Many of these people use their high positions to lie to gain support, defeat an opponent, make a sale, create sensationalism, promote an agenda, or to generally mislead. At the extreme end are the dictators and despots of the world who represent the antithesis of truth. We know we are being lied to, yet we do not hold these liars accountable. The world suffers greatly as a result.
We know in our hearts it is wrong to not tell the truth. Frequently, we have to sign statements affirming the truth of things or when in court swear to tell the truth. Yet, we find reasons to compromise our principles and violate the purity of truth. The purposeful telling of an untruth is a lie. Our mothers told us that when we tell a lie we have done a great wrong. Most of us can remember how we felt when we were caught in a lie by our parents. When we lie we do damage to our very souls. There is no measuring the heartache and misery that has been and is caused by the absence of the truth or the act of lying. One reason we falter is that it is often so much easier to lie than to tell the truth. We have done something we are ashamed of and do not want to admit it. We choose to cover up or to hide our wrong, rather than confess and ask forgiveness.
Philosophically, there is the concept of white lies, the purposeful withholding of information, and other ancillaries of untruths that seemingly sometimes are exceptions to the evils of lying. All of these circumstances create the ‘slippery slope’ to the perils of lying.
One lie leads to another and so forth. When we rationalize telling one lie, it becomes easier the next time. The point of this is that we should hold ourselves accountable to the highest ideals of telling the truth. We will fail to hold others accountable to high standards when we do not live up to them ourselves.
Challenge: How principled are you in telling the truth? It is an important and principled standard that you can hold yourself accountable to. You can never be what you are capable of being without laying a firm foundation of truth. It is important to be truthful to yourself first and foremost and then to all of those you deal with daily. Confirm today or reaffirm today, a solid and firm commitment to the high standard of telling the truth.
Wisdom: Oh, how great is the power of truth! Which of its own power can easily defend itself against all the ingenuity and cunning and wisdom of men, and against the treacherous plots of all the world. Cicero.
But first seek his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. Exodus 23:1
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Proverbs 12:19
The Bible tells us that the Truth will set us free. It is one of the truest and most profound teachings we can find in the Bible. God is the originator of truth. The secular world is a world of lies and half-truths. We can choose to seek the truth or choose to try to escape from the truth. It is only in seeking the truth that we can truly be free. This is because when we earnestly are seeking the truth; we will find God there waiting for us. He is Truth.
Prayer: Help me to be a teller of truth and a seeker of truth.