“Pants on Fire”
The follower of Jesus must mirror the truthfulness of Jesus. God’s people should be identified by their honest speech. A Christian’s every word should be just as truthful as if they swore an oath in a courtroom in front of a live television audience. But really, are you that trustworthy? When we’re tempted by self-advancement, self-aggrandizement, self-preservation, and especially self-deception, may we remember that truthfulness is one of the chief characteristics of God Himself and he calls us to follow his lead.
Monitor your mouth. Take daily stock of your words and actions. Think through your meetings and interactions. At any point, were you guilty of a half-truth? Or of spinning a conversation? Ask God for the ability to see this in real-time so you can make a different choice and choose truth.
Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Primary text: James 5:12
Other texts in this message: Matthew 5:33-37, Matthew 23:16-22, Psalm 101:7, Proverbs 12:22, Proverbs 6:16-19, Leviticus 19:11-18, Ephesians 4:25, Proverbs 21:6
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Matthew 5:33-37, Matthew 23:16-22, Psalm 101:7, Proverbs 12:22, Proverbs 6:16-19, Leviticus 19:11-18, Ephesians 4:25, Proverbs 21:6, James 5:12, You’re Always Under Oath, Troy Champ, James: The Way of Wisdom